Summary

This project engages in a comparative enquiry into the triple dynamics of race, space and “illegality” in the reproduction of migrant precarious labour conditions in European agro-industrial labour markets. The complex question how and why “illegality” and “race” may become productive in the segmentation of precarious migrant workers across Europe is currently widely discussed. The project will address this question in a systematic way through five original case studies that are currently almost uncovered by research on migrant labour in Italian, Swiss and Belgian horticulture (specifically the research focuses on Emilia-Romagna, Basilicata; Swiss Midlands and Lake Geneva Region; and Limburg).

This comparative ethnographic analysis of migrant employment regimes is meant to contribute to a better understanding of mechanisms of differential inclusion and segregation of migrant workers in competitive agri-food chains. The projects aims at developing a framework for more socially sustainable production regimes in the studied contexts and at exploring approaches that might improve difficult working conditions of migrants in agriculture.

Keywords

  • Migration
  • Labour
  • Agriculture
  • Gender studies
  • Border studies
  • Ethnography

Disciplines

  • Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Political science
  • Sociology

Collaborations

International Organizations:

  • Caritas International
  • International Labour Organisation
  • Europäische BürgerInnen Forum
  • Women in Informal Employment (WIEGO)

Non Governmental Organisations:

  • Syndicat Unia
  • l’autre syndicat
  • Associazione Rurale Italiana
  • Osservatorio Migranti Basilicata
  • Ya Basta!

Relevant Countries

  • Continent – Africa
  • Belgium
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Switzerland

Status

This is an ongoing project, which started in autumn 2015. The information here is updated regularly. If you have any inquiries please don’t hesitate to contact the project team via the form below.

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Research team

Timothy Raeymaekers
Coordinator
University of Zurich

Karel Arnaut
Co-Coordinator
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Sarah Schilliger
Co-Coordinator
Universität Basel

Tina Bopp
Principal Member
Universität Basel

Ilaria Ippolito
Principal Member
Ya Basta!

Domenico Perrotta
Principal Member
Università degli studi di Bergamo

Simon Affolter
Associated Member
Universität Bern

Ilker Ataç
Associated Member
Universität Osnabrück

Chokri Ben Chikha
Associated Member
Theatre Company Action Zoo HumainUniversity of Geneva

Christian Berndt
Associated Member
Universität Zürich

Mark Breusers
Associated Member
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Cristina Brovia
Associated Member
Università degli studi di Torino

Ann Cassiman
Associated Member
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Bambi Ceuppens
Associated Member
Royal Museum for Central Africa

Neva Cocchi
Associated Member
Ya Basta!

Elisabeth de Staelen
Associated Member
vzw Gastvrij St. Truiden

Anne Dussart
Associated Member
Caritas International

Aisha Fahmy
Associated Member
Autonome Schule Zürich

Pietro Luigi Floridia
Associated Member
Cantieri Meticci

Raymond Gétaz
Associated Member
Europäische BürgerInnen Forum

Olivia Jost
Associated Member
Anlaufstelle für Sans-Papiers Basel

Christiane Kuptsch
Associated Member
International Labor Organisation (ILO)

Silva Lieberherr
Associated Member
University of Zurich

Pietro Marullo
Associated Member
Theatre de Liege

Sandro Mezzadra
Associated Member
Università di Bologna

Alessandro Monsutti
Associated Member
Graduate Institute Geneva

Karin Pape
Associated Member
WIEGO

Maurilio Pirone
Associated Member
Università de Bologna

Lionel Roche
Associated Member
Syndicat UNIA

Philippe Sauvin
Associated Member
L’autre syndicat

Simon Sontowski
Associated Member
University of Zurich

Gervasio Ungolo
Associated Member
Osservatorio Migranti Basilicata

Johan Wets
Associated Member
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven