Recruiting the “culturally compatible” migrant: Irish Working Holiday migration and white settler Canadianness

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Working Holiday programs have been identified as an increasingly significant source of temporary migrant labor for several wealthy states. This case study adds to limited work on this phenomenon in the Canadian context by offering a partial chronology of Irish Working Holiday migration to Canada and a critical analysis of Canadian government discourse that positioned Irish migrants as not only “culturally compatible” but also part of white settler Canadianness thus making them desirable workers and potential future immigrants. The Canadian case study raises questions about how Working Holiday and related youth mobility programs may be linked to classed and racialized migration and dominant ideologies of nationalized belonging. 

Source: Ethnicities, published online before print 16 October 2015 

Author(s):Jane Helleiner
Publisher:SAGE Journals
Publication Date:16 Oct 2015
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