Has a bad economy reduced demand for migrants? You’ll be surprised.

Demand for migrant workers is high Our
discussion of migrant workers this week prompted me to do
some digging.

    Hospitality workers, such as Jamaicans who work
the winter season at home and the summer season here, are part of the
H-2B visa program. This
program allows U.S. employers to hire temporary workers from outside
the U.S.—if they can’t find Americans to take the jobs. H2-B visa holders can work as wait staff, cooks, dish washers, house
keepers, lifeguards, and many other positions.

    With
so many unemployed Americans, the demand for H2-B workers must have
dropped, right?

    Not
so. In January 2009 the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
announced
“that it has received a sufficient number of petitions to
reach the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the second half of Fiscal
Year 2009 (FY2009).”

    The
annual cap for H-2B workers is 66,000. It is divided into two
six-month periods. The cap was reached in 2008 as well as 2009.

    Why
is the demand for H2-B workers still strong?

    Is it because Americans
won’t take these jobs, even if a bad economy?

  Please, Add a Comment. Where have you seen this kind of problem arising? What solutions have you found?

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