International Migration Research Centre

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Department of Health Studies


Despite wide indications that migrant farm workers (MFWs) comprise a particularly vulnerable subset of the temporary foreign worker population, relatively little attention has been paid to their health issues. This article describes major health concerns among MFWs in Canada, reviews the social determinants of health of particular importance to this population, and notes research and policy implications. Findings are drawn primarily from two recent literature reviews conducted for the Public Health Agency of Canada.


This article was originally published in Health Policy Research Bulletin, 17: 30-32. © 2010 Her Majesty the Queen Right in Canada, represented by the Minister of Health Canada. Reproduced for non-commercial purposes. This item has not been reproduced in affiliation with or with the endorsement of the Government of Canada.