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Foreign Seasonal Farm Workers’ Strategies at the Margins of the Finnish Welfare State: Informal networks and weak ties

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Rolle Alho ,

Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism, CEREN, University of Helsinki, FI
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Mika Helander

Åbo Akademi University, FI
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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.
How to Cite: Alho, R. and Helander, M., 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), pp.148–157. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1515/njmr-2016-0020
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Published on 01 Aug 2016.
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