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So who is building Sustainable development? migrant labour & exploitation in the Global South

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The participatory research (2018-2021) aims to investigate and transform the increasingly widespread link between the concentration of migrants in need of humanitarian protection along migration corridors in the Brazilian Amazonia region; the requirement of large and flexible workforces for large infrastructure projects including construction and agribusiness; exploitative labour conditions in these industries that that are part of ‘sustainable development’ agendas. The project engages workers from Brazil, Haiti, Colombia, Venezuela, Senegal and various other African states in order to:

  1. document the influence of formal and informal agents on the migrant workers' journey and employment

  2. identify deficits in dignified work and social protection

  3. Collectively propose transformative solutions via a range of media;

  4. facilitate direct social dialogue between migrant workers, project partners and government, industrial, labour and non-profit agencies,at state, regional and national level

Project Team
  • Brian Garvey (Principal Investigator): University of Strathclyde

  • Francis Virginio (Research Associate): University of Strathclyde

  • José Alves (Co-investigator): Federal University of Acre, Brazil

  • Paul Stewart (Co-investigator): Grenoble School of Management


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