Recruitment and employment regimes: Migrant labour channels in the UK's rural agribusiness sector, from accession to recession

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    Abstract

    Migrant labour has been particularly significant in the British rural agribusiness sector, where employers often struggle to source labour regardless of economic conditions. While most research on East-Central European migration has focused on the experiences of members of the migrant community, this paper is one of a small number of studies that has gathered evidence from employers and labour recruiters. The paper draws on in-depth interviews undertaken in four case study areas. The analysis focuses on the practices of employers and recruiters that have shaped how migrant labour is sourced and used in the UK labour market, and how labour migration channels have evolved since 2004. The two main conceptual contributions of this paper are a new typology of recruitment/employment practices and a schema illustrating the changing spatial impacts of migration channels in areas of destination.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)10-19
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Rural Studies
    Volume30
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Keywords

    • Agribusiness; Migration channels; Recruitment practices; Rural immigration; Typology of recruitment–employment practices; UK

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