Tag: Foreign Workers

U.K. Trucking Shortage Endures Despite Plea for Foreign Drivers

In the weeks since the British government announced that it would offer 5,000 temporary visas to truck drivers from continental Europe, part of a campaign to reduce supply chain pressure in the run-up to Christmas, Lukasz Skopinski, a Polish trucker now working in the United Kingdom, has offered this advice to friends back home: Don’t […]

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Contending with the Pandemic, Wealthy Nations Wage Global Battle for Migrants

As the pandemic heads into a third year, a global battle for the young and able has begun. With fast-track visas and promises of permanent residency, many of the wealthy nations that drive the global economy are sending a message to skilled immigrants all over the world: Help wanted. Now. In Germany, where officials recently […]

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The Searing Beauty, and Harsh Reality, of a Kentucky Tobacco Harvest

I step into the tobacco field as the first rays of sunlight begin to pierce the early-morning fog. The men of the cutting crew are already hard at work harvesting the tall burley tobacco plants that have taken root in the soil over the past few months. The sound of hatchets resonates across the field: […]

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Black Farmworkers Say They Lost Jobs to Foreigners Who Were Paid More

INDIANOLA, Miss. — For more than a quarter-century, Richard Strong worked the fertile farmland of the Mississippi Delta, just as his father and his grandfather did, a family lineage of punishing labor and meager earnings that stretched back to his enslaved ancestors brought from Africa. He tilled the soil, fertilized crops and irrigated the fields, […]

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Hindu Sect, BAPS, Accused of Using Forced Labor at Temples Across U.S.

A prominent Hindu sect that operates a New Jersey temple raided by federal authorities earlier this year is facing new accusations that it forced hundreds of low-caste workers to labor at worship sites across the United States under dangerous conditions for little pay. In a lawsuit filed in New Jersey federal court and amended last […]

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Democrats’ Plan to Overhaul Legal Immigration Focuses on Green Card Backlog

WASHINGTON — As Democrats scramble to ensure that protections for millions of undocumented immigrants are included in a sprawling social-safety net package, Dr. Pranav Singh is focused on a lesser-known plan to address the green card backlog that pushed him to leave his family and job in Iowa. After nearly a decade of treating patients […]

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Green Card Backlog Focus of Democrats’ Latest Immigration Effort

WASHINGTON — As Democrats scramble to ensure that protections for millions of undocumented immigrants are included in a sprawling social-safety net package, Dr. Pranav Singh is focused on a lesser-known plan to address the green card backlog that pushed him to leave his family and job in Iowa. After nearly a decade of treating patients […]

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Missing Foreign Workers Add to Hiring Challenges

Neha Mahajan was a television journalist in India before her husband’s job moved her family to the United States in 2008. She spent years locked out of the labor market, confined by what she calls the “gilded cage” of her immigration status — one that the pandemic placed her back into. Ms. Mahajan started working […]

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Boris Johnson Promotes Rising Wages Amid Shortages in U.K.

In a country bedeviled by acute shortages of goods and workers, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is portraying the chaos as a source of national revival. Gas stations in Britain have recently had no gas and grocery items are sparse in part because of difficulties in delivering such goods. That is in part due to Britain’s […]

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America Is ‘Terrorizing’ These Workers

jane coaston Today on The Argument — how do we fix the immigration system? I’m Jane Coaston. Our immigration system is broken. It’s not just me saying that. Almost every person running for president for the past three decades has said that too. archived recording (barack obama) I’m here today because the time has come […]

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Biden Ends Workplace Immigration Raids, Reversing Trump Policy

The Biden administration announced on Tuesday that it would not conduct mass arrests of undocumented workers during enforcement operations at U.S. businesses, a reversal from Trump administration policies and the latest signal to millions of immigrants that they were not priorities for deportation. Known as work-site raids, such arrests have long been criticized by immigration […]

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The Enduring Importance of the 1965 Immigration Act

The classification of “Asian-Pacific” was purely racial: A second-generation Chinese immigrant from, say, Argentina would not be able to apply for a visa as an Argentine. Because of his racial origin, he would always be Chinese, whereas the British-born child of Italian immigrants could come to the United States under the British quota. The McCarran-Walter […]

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Britain’s Christmas Lament: Meat Shortages and Delivery Delays

The National Pig Association has warned that about 120,000 pigs are backed up on farms because of a lack of slaughterhouse workers, and the British Poultry Council said it expected to cut Christmas turkey production by 20 percent. On Monday, protesters gathered outside of the Conservative Party conference in Manchester with signs that said “All […]

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U.K. Gas Shortages Reveal New Crucial Workers: Truck Drivers

LONDON — For more than three decades David Carden drove across England’s Midlands, transporting tens of thousands of liters of fuel from holding tanks to service stations. The flammable liquid made it a dangerous job requiring skill and caution, but when he started the pay and the benefits were good, enabling him to support his […]

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U.K. Offers Thousands of Visas to Foreign Truckers to Ease Driver Shortage

Though business groups generally welcomed the government’s move, some expressed doubt that it would be sufficient. The government’s reversal also comes after the hauling and logistics industries in Britain pleaded with lawmakers to ease restrictions on visas for drivers from the European Union. Logistics U.K., a trade group, had sought 10,000 seasonal visas for drivers, […]

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