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Foreign Workers Benefit Massively from Guest Work Opportunities, Submission to House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protection

March 18, 2013
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Michael Clemens’s “Foreign Workers Benefit Massively from Guest Work Opportunities” was entered into the Congressional Record by Chairman Tim Walberg, House Education and the Workforce Committee, Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, at a March 14, 2013, hearing, “Examining the Role of Lower-Skilled Guest Worker Programs in Today’s Economy.”

From Clemens’s submission:

Leading development economists find that authorized guest workers typically draw massive economic benefits from their work, relative to their best alternatives. They migrate voluntarily, pass on large benefits to their families and home countries, and almost universally return home when guest work programs are well designed. Expanding opportunities for authorized guest work reduces the exploitation of migrant workers by competing directly with the black market for labor.

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