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Gewählte Master / Diploma Thesis:

Dieter Behr (2004): Was hat Gemüse mit Migration zu tun? Landschaftsplanerische Reflextion zur Arbeitsmigration in der Landwirtschaft. Dargestellt an Gemüse- und Beerenobstbetrieben im niederösterreichischen Marchfeld.
Master / Diploma Thesis, BOKU-Universität für Bodenkultur. UB BOKU obvsg

Data Source: ZID Abstracts
The interrelation of vegetables and migration A reflection of working migration in agriculture from the view of landscape planning Illustrated at vegetable and berry farms in the Lower Austrian region of Marchfeld The aim of this thesis is to research living- and working conditions of migrants employed in Austrian agriculture. As examples for my research, I chose seven peasant farms and agricultural businesses as well as secondary agricultural industry in the field of vegetable and berry growing in the region of Marchfeld, which employ outside workers from foreign countries, either seasonally or all year through. Theory and methodology of landscape planning served as my scientific basis. By using the working method of clues (taking down structural-spatial components and agricultural land) I was able to compare the seven farms and connect the given type of production with the working conditions. I conducted qualitative interviews with working migrants, farm/business owners, representatives of the professional associations of agriculture and agricultural workers, AMS (labour market administration), counselling services for migrants etc. As a result it can be stated that the concept of agriculture based on the principles of ¿grow or go¿ is favouring exploitative working relations in seasonal labour. Agricultural and migration politics, examined at Austrian and European level, are generally following capitalistic views, thus offering harsh conditions for working migrants. As lines of action aiming at improving conditions in seasonal labour, it is suggested to equalise seasonal workers, harvest workers and austrian workers as far as working and social rights go, and to promote socially and ecologically sustainable agriculture.

Beurteilende(r): Schneider Gerda

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