1. bookVolume 18 (2020): Issue 1 (December 2020)
    Special issue: Migration, food and agriculture: Insights into what we eat and how our food is produced at the beginning of the third millennium
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“I wanted to see how to make money there too”: Mobility strategies of Romanian seasonal workers in the agricultural sector abroad

Published Online: 01 Mar 2021
Volume & Issue: Volume 18 (2020) - Issue 1 (December 2020)<br/>Special issue: Migration, food and agriculture: Insights into what we eat and how our food is produced at the beginning of the third millennium
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2068-8016
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Abstract

Drawing on interviews with key informants and seasonal workers in Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria and the UK, and on non-participant ethnographies, this paper demonstrates that, despite various limitations associated with work in the agriculture sector, migrants strategically choose the times and destinations of their trips abroad, taking into account a variety of factors, including family commitments, economic goals at the origin, wages and working conditions, health issues and welfare opportunities. The findings illustrate that, depending on their commitments and economic objectives, Romanians who work in agriculture develop different mobility practices. While some work abroad only occasionally, when they need to supplement their home-country income, others engage in circular migration or extend the periods of time they spend abroad. In host countries, most workers try out various jobs and typically get involved in repeated migration once they have found a suitable arrangement. Some workers combine seasonal work in one or more countries of destination, over the course of the same year, with the aim of securing income for longer periods of time, while others opt for long-term migration or move into sectors that offer better opportunities.

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