Dialectical Anthropology

, Volume 43, Issue 4, pp 375–379 | Cite as

Migration or immigration? Commentary on Leigh Binford’s article

  • Gerardo OteroEmail author
Forum Response


In this commentary of Leigh Binford’s article, proposing the elimination of Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP), I will first offer a brief overview of why advanced capitalist countries like Canada must rely on migrant or immigrant workers to sustain economic growth. I will then sum up Binford’s main arguments and analysis. Finally, I will address the question of elimination and replacement of the SAWP based on what is happening on the ground in Canada in 2019. Essentially, what migrant workers’ support groups are demanding is not elimination but a radical reform of all temporary foreign worker programs (TFWP): Granting permanent residency upon arrival. No longer “migrant” workers but new “immigrants,” they would be placed on a truly level playing field with the rest of the labor force.


Temporary foreign workers Seasonal agricultural workers program Structural precarity Superexploitation Migration Immigration Migrant workers Immigrant workers 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Studies and Sociology, School for International StudiesSimon Fraser UniversityVancouverCanada

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