Thursday, 8 September 2016

Rolle Alho and Mika Helande on foreign seasonal farm workers' strategies in Finnland

Rolle Alho and Mika Helande (2016) Foreign seasonal farm workers' strategies at the margins of the Finnish welfare state: informal networks and weak ties, Nordic Journal of Migration Research 6(3)

Abstract: In this article, we analyse foreign seasonal berry and vegetable pickers’ strategies as regards securing their living and working conditions in Finland. Farmers are currently dependent on foreign seasonal workers. In spite of the potential gains working in Finland offers to foreign pickers, the risks associated with the work are diverted to the individual employee. The risks are not shared between the employee and the welfare state, which is regarded as a central feature of the Nordic welfare model. In this precarious situation, ‘weak ties’ become an important source of information and security for the pickers