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

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Migrant Agricultural Workers and Their Socio-­‐economic, Occupational and Health Conditions– A Literature Review. / Svensson, Måns; Urinboyev, Rustamjon; Wigerfelt Svensson, Anders; Lundqvist, Peter; Littorin, Margareta; Albin, Maria.

Social Science Research Network, 2013. (SSRN Working Papers series).

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T1 - Migrant Agricultural Workers and Their Socio-­‐economic, Occupational and Health Conditions– A Literature Review

AU - Svensson, Måns

AU - Urinboyev, Rustamjon

AU - Wigerfelt Svensson, Anders

AU - Lundqvist, Peter

AU - Littorin, Margareta

AU - Albin, Maria

N1 - Submitted to Journal of Agromedicine

PY - 2013

Y1 - 2013

N2 - Objective 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. Methods 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. Results 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. Conclusions 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.

AB - Objective 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. Methods 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. Results 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. Conclusions 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.

KW - Migration

KW - work environment

KW - agriculture

KW - health of migrant workers

KW - human rights and migration

KW - pesticides

KW - occupational injuries

KW - migrant farmworkers

KW - occupational safety and agriculture

KW - labour migration

M3 - Working paper

T3 - SSRN Working Papers series

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

PB - Social Science Research Network

ER -