Challenging a “Cycle of Neglect”: Health and Safety Among Transnational Agricultural Workers in Canada and the UK

Philomena De Lima, Ewa Dabrowska-Miciula

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Migrants—and especially those working in sectors such as agriculture—are considered to be at particular risk of exposure to a range of adverse occupational health and safety (OHS) conditions that impact on their health and well-being. This chapter highlights the ‘cycle of neglect’ which characterizes OHS issues in relation to transnational agricultural workers (TAWs) and identifies potential stressors that impact on their well-being. Located in predominantly rural areas in the global North, TAWs are affected by neoliberalisation, intensification of agricultural production, deregulated labour markets, and precarious and flexible employment conditions, all of which result in the erosion of rights with consequent negative impacts on their well-being. Operating within transnational contexts challenges prevailing differences in work safety regulations and traditional paradigms of public health research and delivery located as they are in specific disciplinary, national and spatial contexts. In order to address migrant well-being and their health, occupational health research needs to give more attention to the transnational economic, political, spatial and social contexts within which migrant agricultural workers are embedded by drawing on a range of disciplines.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth, Safety and Well-being of Migrant Workers
Subtitle of host publicationNew Hazards, New Workers
EditorsFrancisco Diaz Bretones, Angeli Santos
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)2213-0470
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-52631-3
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2020


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