To determine the impact of evolving forms of governance on migrant workers’ rights and employment conditions in Israel we first probe the extensive private recruitment industry that developed in Israel before the implementation of bilateral agreements, and examine migrant workers’ employment conditions and wages. Next we show the importance of bilateral agreements for the annulment of illicit practices in labor recruitment, as well as the practical consequences for migrants under the new arrangement. Specifically we scrutinize the impact of implementation of bilateral agreements in the construction sector on recruitment practices and fees, wage levels, and work conditions. Implementation of bilateral agreement were accompanied by dramatic decrease in the sums paid by migrant workers to reach the host country – but did not significantly improve workers’ rights, and their wages even declined. The mechanisms whereby a pool of precarious workers has emerged in the local labor market in Israel are highlighted.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This research was supported by the Center for International Migration and Integration (CIMI), Israel.
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- impact of governance
- labor migration
- precarious employment
- rights of migrant workers
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Business and International Management
- Strategy and Management