Tens of thousands of hard-working and law-abiding temporary
foreign workers living in Canada were set to be deported starting
this past April following the implementation of the
"cumulative duration rule", also known as the "4 in,
4 out" rule. The rule is arguably representative of the
unfairness of Canada's revolving-door system of worker
exploitation, with TFWs deemed to be disposable workers.
This "4 in, 4 out" rule stipulates that foreigners
working on temporary worker visas for four years, who have not
acquired permanent resident status, must leave the country for four
years before being allowed to return. The law has been on the table
for quite some time, but it seems to have been ignored by the
majority of those affected.
Yet their vulnerability to deportation is making thousands of
TFWs deal with the difficult task of sorting out all their affairs
and packing up their lives in a very short space of time. Families
are being placed under a lot of stress. While foreign-born children
are required to leave Canada along with their TFW parents,
Canadian-born children of TFWs have Canadian citizenship and are
allowed to stay, thereby putting the families in the difficult
situation of having to live apart.
As the numbers of temporary labour migrants have grown over the
last decade, the cumulative duration rule is the approach the
federal government has adopted to limit immigration to Canada
through temporary labour migration programs. The introduction of
the rule comes following a period of lobbying from various groups
who argue that TFW programs take away job opportunities from
Canadians struggling to find work in a challenging economic
environment. The Alberta Federation of Labour, for example believes
that TFW programs provide "a cover for providing employers
with a mechanism that keep wages low when economic conditions
suggest that they should rise.
There are essentially two kinds of migrant workers arriving in
Canada: long-term immigrants and temporary short-term residents.
This distinction leads workers along separate paths and into
different labour market segments, and eventually into a future as
permanent residents and citizens as well as non-citizens.
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