International labour migration and food production in rural Europe: a review of the evidence

Rye, Johan Fredrik and Scott, Sam ORCID: 0000-0002-5951-4749 (2018) International labour migration and food production in rural Europe: a review of the evidence. Sociologia Ruralis, 58 (4). pp. 928-952. doi:10.1111/soru.12208

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Since Hoggart and Mendoza's paper on ‘African immigrant workers in Spanish agriculture' in Sociologia Ruralis in 1999 there has been a proliferation of interest in labour migration to/ in rural Europe. It is now clear that the rural realm has been, and is being, transformed by immigration, and that low-wage migrant workers in the food production industry are playing a particularly prominent role in this transformation. This paper takes stock of the literature and identifies seven key issues associated with low-wage labour migration, contemporary food production, and rural change. Most notably, since the 1990s, there has been growing demand for migrants in the segmented, and sometimes exploitative, labour markets of the European food production industries. This demand has been met across a variety of contexts, with states and labour market intermediaries playing a largely supportive role. However, migrants' integration into rural communities has often been problematic, with the emphasis being on the need for, rather than needs of, low-wage migrant workers.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted manuscript online: 24 January 2018, Version of Record online: 14 March 2018, Issue online 15 October 2018
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agriculture, Europe, Food, Labour, Low-Wage, Migrant, Migration, Rural
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human geography. Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Sam Scott
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2018 17:03
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:58

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