Migration and the Future of Work
International Workshop Co-Convened by Institut Convergences Migrations, CERC Migration at Toronto Metropolitan University, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
The future of work will be shaped by a range of technological, political, and social changes that are already creating both threats and opportunities for recent and established migrants and their labour-market trajectories. Advanced digital technologies have shifted how global talent is recruited, selected, and managed and have led to the creation of new opportunities for migrants (e.g., providing support in the workplace, matching job seekers to employment opportunities, and creating new ways of defining, assessing, and developing skills). At the same time, such technologies may create and exacerbate precarious and atypical working conditions, including those presented by digital platforms on the gig-work economy (e.g., Uber and Taskrabbit). The picture is quite complex, as recent research has shown that nonstandard jobs in the platform economy may provide a point of entry for new immigrants and that immigrant earnings gaps among non-standard or contingent workers are smaller than those among workers in standard jobs. Whether these jobs are a bridge to upward mobility, however, is a question that needs to be answered with further analysis.
This workshop will examine the many intersections between advanced digital technologies and the labourmarket integration of migrants. Presenters will interrogate the role of advanced digital technologies in different immigration-cycle stages, from recruitment and employment to post-migration integration and skills recognition.
Participants will be welcomed in the Conference Center with coffee from 9am. The workhsop will start at 9.30am.
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The workshop will be accessible via Zoom. To access the workshop on March 29th, please follow this link.