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Sowing Injustice, Harvesting Despair: Abuse and Exploitation of Foreign Agricultural Workers

28 November 2019

Today, the use of low-cost workforces employed in extremely precarious conditions and most often composed of foreign workers (for complex reasons relating to migration policies and the disruption of the global liberal economic system) has gradually become a structural feature of the agricultural production system in different European countries and is not confined only to these countries.

Such a system ensures that employers have a flexible and available workforce while minimising its production and reproduction costs. This has harmful effects on the conditions in which employees live and work and on their access to social protection.

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