Nallely Hernández Agencia Reforma
MEXICO CITY.- For Pablo, it became nearly impossible to find a permanent job in Mexico.
After a brief stint as a police officer in a municipality in Michoacán, he decided to join the Mexico–Canada temporary worker program.
This program offers work for $15 an hour on tobacco, flower, ornamental grass or fruit and meat packing plants in Ontario.
Pablo is one of more than 26,000 Mexicans who benefit each year from the program Mexico has with Canada, which is coordinated by the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (STPS).
Last year, it was estimated that some 26,400 Mexicans took advantage of the program, the same figure as in 2019 before the pandemic.
Meanwhile, in 2021 some 24,160 Mexicans moved to Canada to work in agricultural activities.
Germán de la Garza, principal partner at Deloitte Mexico, said that although the program is positive in promoting legal immigration, in compliance with employer obligations, Mexico must create conditions so that Mexicans have job options upon return.
“They are very vigilant in fulfilling their obligations, payment of wages, law, and providing decent housing conditions.
The labor expert said, “It is a solution that can be viable for people who live in places where there is no return, the problem is people don’t want to leave for six months, but want to stay there.” “
Promotion of social development schemes to improve the environment of workers’ communities, orientation to re-invest profits and generate sources of work is essential.