New Plantations: Migrant Mobility, ‘Illegality’ and Racialisation in European Agricultural Labour
Research Question:

What are the mechanisms of differential inclusion and segregation of migrant workers in the agro-industrial labour markets? 

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.


Project Members

Name Role Department/Institute Institution
Timothy Raeymaekers Coordinator Geography University of Zurich
Karel Arnaut Co-Coordinator Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Sarah Schilliger Co-Coordinator Sociology Universität Basel
Tina Bopp Principal Member Zentrum Gender Studies Universität Basel
Ilaria Ippolito Principal Member Ya Basta!
Domenico Perrotta Principal Member Dipartimento di Scienze umane e sociali Università degli studi di Bergamo
Simon Affolter Associated Member Institute of Social Anthropology Universität Bern
Ilker Ataç Associated Member Research Section Migration & Society, Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) Universität Osnabrück
Chokri Ben Chikha Associated Member theatre company Action Zoo Humain
Christian Berndt Associated Member Department of Geography Universität Zürich
Mark Breusers Associated Member Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Cristina Brovia Associated Member Dipartimento di Culture, Politica e Società Università degli studi di Torino
Ann Cassiman Associated Member Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Bambi Ceuppens Associated Member History and General Scientific Services Royal Museum for Central Africa
Neva Cocchi Associated Member Ya Basta!
Elisabeth De Staelen Associated Member vzw Gastvrij St-Truiden
Anne Dussart Associated Member Department asylum and migration 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 ILO International Labour Organisation
Silva Lieberherr Associated Member Geography University of Zurich
Pietro Marullo Associated Member Theatre de Liege
Sandro Mezzadra Associated Member Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali Università di Bologna
Alessandro Monsutti Associated Member Programme for the Study of Global Migration Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Karin Pape Associated Member WIEGO
Maurilio Pirone Associated Member Politica, istituzioni, storia Università di Bologna
Lionel Roche Associated Member Syndicat Unia
Philippe Sauvin Associated Member l'autre syndicat
Simon Sontowski Associated Member Geography University of Zurich
Gervasio Ungolo Associated Member Osservatorio Migranti Basilicata
Johan Wets Associated Member Onderzoeksgroep Armoede, Maatschappelijke Integratie en Migratie (Poverty, Social Intergration and Migration) Katholieke Universiteit Leuven