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Migrant Agricultural Workers and Their Socio-economic, Occupational and Health Conditions– A Literature Review




M Svensson


This study provides the summary of current knowledge about migrant work in agriculture available
from journal articles, books, reports and other relevant academic publications, focusing on political, economic, legal, social and medical aspects of migrant work in agriculture.

A systematic search was carried out on the LibHub and Google Scholar databases in order to compile
the existing peer-reviewed publications, research reports, and policy papers concerning migrant
work in agriculture. The literatures was selected through the following process:(1) reading the title
and abstract in English for the period 1960 – 2011;(2) reading the entire text of selected articles; (3)making a manual search of the relevant quotations in the selected articles; (4) eliminating articles without a focus on migrant populations and the themes of central interest, and then reading and analyzing the definitive set of articles.

In spite of their varying geographical focus, scope, unit of analysis and settings, most of the studies
reviewed highlighted that migrant farmworkers work under very poor working conditions and face
numerous health and safety hazards, including occupational chemical and ergonomic exposures,
various injuries and illnesses and even death, discrimination and social exclusion, poor pay and long working hours, and language and cultural barriers. Many studies also reported poor enforcement of labour regulations and a lack of health and safety training on the farms, difficulty accessing medical care and compensation when injured or ill.

The studies have also pointed out the lack of research in relation to labour, health,psychosocial, and
wage conditions of migrant farmworkers. The accumulated results of the study indicate that the
issues and problems migrant farmworkers face are multidimensional, and there is a need for both policy development and further research in order to address migrant workers’ problems.

Migration; work environment; agriculture; health of migrant workers; human rights and migration;
pesticides; occupational injuries; migrant farmworkers; occupational safety and agriculture; labour

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Pang-ekonomiyang sektor

General relevance - all sectors

Geographical kaugnayan

Hilagang Amerika, Unyong Europeo, Canada, Estados Unidos, Ontario, Alberta, México, Manitoba, Quebec, British Columbia, Iba pang mga Lalawigan, America - Central & Caribbeans, Timog Amerika, Pederal, Guatemala, Jamaica, Honduras, Colombia, Ekwador, Other Caribbean States, Haiti, Kubo, Dominican Repulic, Salvador, Nova Scotia, Reyno Unido, Pransiya, Italiya, Espanya, Alemanya, Rumanya, Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Peru, Global relevance, Regional relevance, Regional relevance, Regional relevance, Regional relevance, National relevance, Belize, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Americas