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

34 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2013  

Måns Svensson

Lund University

Rustamjon Urinboyev

Lund University

Anders Wigerfelt Svensson

Malmo University

Peter Lundqvist

Independent

Margareta Littorin

Lund University - Faculty of Medicine

Maria Albin

Independent

Date Written: July 1, 2013

Abstract

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 labor, 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.

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

Suggested Citation

Svensson, Måns and Urinboyev, Rustamjon and Wigerfelt Svensson, Anders and Lundqvist, Peter and Littorin, Margareta and Albin, Maria, Migrant Agricultural Workers and Their Socio‐Economic, Occupational and Health Conditions – A Literature Review (July 1, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2297559 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2297559

Mans Svensson (Contact Author)

Lund University ( email )

Box 117
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Sweden

Rustamjon Urinboyev

Lund University ( email )

Box 117
Lund, S221 00
Sweden

Anders Wigerfelt Svensson

Malmo University ( email )

Malmö
Sweden

Peter Lundqvist

Independent ( email )

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Margareta Littorin

Lund University - Faculty of Medicine ( email )

Box 117
SE-221 00 Lund
Sweden

Maria Albin

Independent ( email )

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