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Migrants at Work: Immigration and Vulnerability in Labour Law

Edited by: Cathryn Costello, Mark Freedland

ISBN13: 9780198714101
Published: November 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
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There is a highly significant and under-considered intersection and interaction between migration law and labour law. Labour lawyers have tended to regard migration law as generally speaking outside their purview, and migration lawyers have somewhat similarly tended to neglect labour law.

The culmination of a collaborative project on 'Migrants at Work' funded by the John Fell Fund, the Society of Legal Scholars, and the Research Centre at St John's College, Oxford, this volume brings together distinguished legal and migration scholars to examine the impact of migration law on labour rights and how the regulation of migration increasingly impacts upon employment and labour relations.

Examining and clarifying the interactions between migration, migration law, and labour law, contributors to the volume identify the many ways that migration law, as currently designed, divides the objectives of labour law, privileging concerns about the labour supply and demand over worker-protective concerns. In addition, migration law creates particular forms of status, which affect employment relations, thereby dividing the subjects of labour law.

Chapters cover the labour laws of the UK, Australia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Germany, Sweden, and the US. References are also made to discrete practices in Brazil, France, Greece, New Zealand, Mexico, Poland, and South Africa. These countries all host migrants and have developed systems of migration law reflecting very different trajectories. Some are traditional countries of immigration and settlement migration, while others have traditionally been countries of emigration but now import many workers. There are, nonetheless, common features in their immigration law which have a profound impact on labour law, for instance in their shared contemporary shift to using temporary labour migration programmes.

Further chapters examine EU and international law on migration, labour rights, human rights, and human trafficking and smuggling, developing cross-jurisdictional and multi-level perspectives. Written by leading scholars of labour law, migration law, and migration studies, this book provides a diverse and multidisciplinary approach to this field of legal interaction, of interest to academics, policymakers, legal practitioners, trade unions, and migrants' groups alike.

Employment Law, Immigration, Asylum, Refugee and Nationality Law
1. Migrants at Work and the Division of Labour Law

2. Precarious Pasts, Precarious Futures
3. Employers and Migrant Legality: Liberalization of Service Provision, Transnational Posting, and the Bifurcation of the European Labour Market
4. Immigration and Labour Market Protectionism: Protecting Local Workers' Preferential Access to the National Labour Market
5. Migrant Workers in Agriculture: A Legal Perspective
6. The EU's Internal Market and the Fragmentary Nature of EU Labour Migration

7. Migration Status in Labour and Social Security Law: Between Inclusion and Exclusion in Italy
8. The Sectoral Regulatory Regime: When Work Migration Controls and the Sectorally Differentiated Labour Market Meet
9. Migrants, Unfree Labour, and the Legal Construction of Domestic Servitude: Migrant Domestic Workers in the UK
10. Migrant Labour in the United States: Working Beneath the Floor for Free Labour?
11. Enforcement of Employment Rights by Migrant Workers in the UK: The Case of EU-8 Nationals
12. The Right of Irregular Immigrants to Back Pay: The Spectrum of Protection in International, Regional and National Legal Systems
13. Employer Checks of Immigration Status and Employment Law

14. Migrant Workers and the Right to Non-discrimination and Equality
15. The European Social Charter on Migrant Rights
16. Black Women Workers and Discrimination: Exit, Voice, and Loyalty...or 'Shifting'?
17. Migration, Labour Law, and Religious Discrimination

18. Reconciling Openness and High Labour Standards? - Sweden's Attempts to Regulate Labour Migration and Trade in Services
19. Links between Individual Employment Law and Collective Labour Law: Their Implications for Migrant Workers
20. Organizing against Abuse and Exclusion: the Associational Rights of Undocumented Workers
21. Home from Home: Migrant Domestic Workers and the ILO Convention on Domestic Workers
22. Conflicted Priorities? Enforcing Fairness for Temporary Migrants