Merchants of Labor: Recruiters and International Labor Migration by Philip MartinMerchants of Labor: Recruiters and International Labor Migration by Philip Martin

Merchants of Labor: Recruiters and International Labor Migration

byPhilip Martin

Hardcover | September 2, 2017

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Some 10 million migrant workers cross national borders each year and, if they pay an average $1,000 to recruiters, moving workers over borders is a $10 billion a year business. Merchants of Labor examines the businesses that move low-skilled workers over national borders, asking how much theycollect from migrant workers and what can be done to reduce worker-paid migration costs.For-profit recruiters are likely to be an enduring feature of international labor migration, which makes developing tools to improve the management of their activities ever more crucial. The UN recognized in the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 the need to measure what workers pay to get jobsin other countries with the goal of reducing worker-paid costs so that workers and their families can benefit more from international labor migration.Using cost data from over 3,000 workers, Merchants of Labor examines the often murky world of labor brokers, travel agents, and others who move low-skilled workers from one country to another in order to explore lower worker-paid migration costs. It explains the three core functions of labor markets- recruitment, remuneration, and retention - and shows how national borders increase recruitment costs. New data on what workers pay to get jobs in other countries are presented, and incentives to complement enforcement are explored as a way to induce recruiters to protect migrant workers.
Philip Martin is Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis. He edits Rural Migration News, has served on several federal commissions, and testifies frequently before Congress. He is an award-winning author who works for UN agencies around the world on labor and migration issues.
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Title:Merchants of Labor: Recruiters and International Labor MigrationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0 inPublished:September 2, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019880802X

ISBN - 13:9780198808022

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Table of Contents

Part I. Labor migration and labor markets1. International labor migration2. Labor markets and migrationPart II. What do workers pay?3. Migration costs in destinations4. Migration costs of returning workersPart III. Regulating recruitment5. The recruiting business6. Regulating recruiters7. Recruiter incentives and alternatives8. Employers, recruiters, and workers