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|Research Papers & Reports 2010|
Research Paper: The Rising Price of Oil: A Window of Opportunity for Some Central American and Caribbean Countries
The increase in oil prices has a direct and dramatic impact on shipping costs making products from Central America, Mexico or the Dominican Republic more competitive in the U.S. versus products from Asia. This study looks into the opportunities generated by this state of affairs and makes recommendations.
Report: Toward a Successful Summit: Exploring the Use of Public Opinion Polls
Metropolis North America Report: Managing Undocumented Migration in North America
On March 12, 2010, FOCAL attended a seminar on Managing Undocumented Migration in North America organized by the International Steering Committee of the Metropolis Project in Phoenix, Arizona. This report was prepared by FOCAL in collaboration with the International Metropolis Secretariat and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
The Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL) and the Rural Development Institute (RDI) at Brandon University, in collaboration with the 7th Street Health Access Centre, held consultationsin February 2010 with temporary foreign workers (TFWs) in Brandon, Manitoba.1 The aim of theconsultations was to collect perceptions of TFWs on labour migration experiences (before and uponarriving in Canada) using two tools: a survey and focus group discussions. Research themes included thetype and quality of information TFWs receive about jobs and host communities, problems encounteredprior to and landing in Canada, actual and desired skills acquisition and training, and TFW objectivesregarding employment and remittances sent home.