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Migrant agricultural workers and processes of social inclusion in rural Canada: encuentros and desencuentros

Date

2004

Authors

Kerry L. Preibisch

Abstract

ABSTRACT IN ENGLISH: For 38 years, agricultural workers from the Caribbean and Mexico have spent extended periods working in Canada under a guest worker program. In this article I explore worker-community relations in the Canadian rural communities in which they live, examining the ties that have developed between non-citizen migrant agricultural workers and civil society. Although the integration of migrant workers as a social group into Canadian society is characterized by social exclusion, the nature of relationships between the migrant and permanent communities is undergoing transformations throught the development of personal ties, including the emergence of non-state actors who have become increasingly relevant in defending the rights of migrant workers before their employers, their home country government officials, and the Canadian state. The discussions presented here are relevant for debates on international migration, citizenship, civil society, and transnationalism.

Journal title

Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Volume

29

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Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers and General farm workers

Content types

Policy analysis

Target groups

Researchers

Geographical focuses

México, Regional relevance, and National relevance

Spheres of activity

Sociology

Languages

English