Event Title

Labouring in rural space: the physical & social exclusion of Mexican migrant workers

Description

In recent years, the labour markets of countries of the Global North have necessitated influxes of migrant workers in order to overcome demographic deficits and fill essential employment vacancies. In few places is this more pronounced than in Canada, where thousands of foreign agricultural workers are flown in annually though increasingly ingrained transnational migration channels to supplement the domestic workforce. By adopting a rights-based perspective with emphasis on the scale of the individual, this presentation will examine manners in which Mexican migrant workers in southwestern Ontario's Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP) are physically and socially excluded from Canadian society. To do this, we introduce the notion of ruralily as an enabler of exclusion. Next, we draw upon relevant literature to examine how exclusionary process are facilitated through structural, mobility, identity, and communication barriers, along with entrenched discrimination by 'host' societies. Finally, we argue that these forms of physical and social exclusion are deliberate, acting to perpetuate insecurity and exploitation in order to ensure the highest amount of revenue

Start Date

8-3-2008 8:00 AM

End Date

8-3-2008 5:00 PM

Subject - LCSH

Migrant labor--Social aspects--Canada; Marginality, Social--Canada; Social isolation--Canada

Geographic Coverage

Ontario; Canada

Genre/Form

Abstracts

Session

Rural Geographies

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Language

English

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Labouring in rural space: the physical & social exclusion of Mexican migrant workers

In recent years, the labour markets of countries of the Global North have necessitated influxes of migrant workers in order to overcome demographic deficits and fill essential employment vacancies. In few places is this more pronounced than in Canada, where thousands of foreign agricultural workers are flown in annually though increasingly ingrained transnational migration channels to supplement the domestic workforce. By adopting a rights-based perspective with emphasis on the scale of the individual, this presentation will examine manners in which Mexican migrant workers in southwestern Ontario's Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP) are physically and socially excluded from Canadian society. To do this, we introduce the notion of ruralily as an enabler of exclusion. Next, we draw upon relevant literature to examine how exclusionary process are facilitated through structural, mobility, identity, and communication barriers, along with entrenched discrimination by 'host' societies. Finally, we argue that these forms of physical and social exclusion are deliberate, acting to perpetuate insecurity and exploitation in order to ensure the highest amount of revenue