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Field Trip Pt. 4: Sociologist critical of migrant worker program

Our series, Field Trip, is taking a look at migrant labour in the southern Interior.

Migrants are essential to keeping fruit picked and processed in the Okanagan Valley.

In the past eight years, the number of workers entering B.C. through the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program has increased 75x.

This year, over 3,000 workers came through the program.

Supporters say it's a win-win situation for both migrant workers and growers, but critics say there are problems.

Patricia Tomic teaches Sociology at UBC-Okanagan and co-wrote a report that studied migrant Mexican farm workers and their housing conditions, and spoke with Daybreak host, Chris Walker about her concerns.

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Past entries in Daybreak's Field Trip series:
     - Part 1: Immigrant workers essential for Okanagan farmers
     - Part 2: Mexican migrant workers go missing
     - Part 3: Kelowna farmer helps worker immigrate

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