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Seasonal Migration in Agriculture: Insights from Romania

Dec 5, 2023 | News

Romania is a main country of origin of agricultural workers emigrating to other EU countries for seasonal work – a key topic within the SafeHabitus project. In preparation of the fieldwork to be conducted with these seasonal migrants withing the framework of the SafeHabitus project, members of the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu attended two academic conferences to discuss the issue.

The first, held at The National University of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest September 7-8, was entitled: “Migration Dialogues. Engaging Research, Policy and Civil Society“. In it, the SafeHabitus project was presented and discussed. The conference brought together a group of 50-odd researchers from Romania and other European countries (Germany, Italy, United Kingdom) focused on international migration, notably seasonal migration in agriculture. This was a key point in the agenda and the SafeHabitus project was featured in a panel dedicated to ongoing projects tackling the issue.

The second academic event entitled “Migration, Land Use, and Ecological Crises in Europe’s Peripheries“, which took place in Hosman, Romania September 13-16, also discussed and presented the SafeHabitus project. The University of Sibiu presented papers related to the seasonal migration of Romanians working in agriculture in other European countries in the following panels: “Agriculture seasonal workers. Media reflections at home and abroad” and “Return to and from agriculture. Processes”. The conference served as an ideal forum for establishing important connections with other researchers working on many SafeHabitus-related themes.