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

Rolle Julius Alho, Mika Juhani Helander

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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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNordic Journal of Migration Research
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)148-157
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology
  • Temporary migrant workers
  • weak ties
  • social protection
  • farm work
  • welfare state

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