Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health

2012 Edition
| Editors: Sana Loue, Martha Sajatovic

Migrant Farmworkers

  • Pilar A. Parra
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-5659-0_512

Agricultural work accounts for half of the labor force in the world, but in advanced industrialized countries it is much less than 10%. Agricultural work with mining and construction are considered the three most dangerous occupations worldwide. In 2005, the highest incidence of fatal (13 deaths per 100,000) and nonfatal accidents at work (about 6,700 per 100,000) were among skilled agricultural and fishery workers

There is no accurate census of hired agricultural workers. Epidemiological research that aims to report their health status is limited by the absence of a reliable numerator and cross-sectional assessments of health outcomes. Quality of data collection by fatalities and injury by occupation varies by country. Data on the health status of agricultural workers is reported by occupation, and includes farmers and family members as well as hired workers. The temporary and transient characteristic of the hired farmwork-force makes it difficult to present an assessment of their...

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Suggested Readings

  1. Arcury, T., & Quandt, S. (Eds.). (2009). Latino farmworkers in the Eastern United States. Health, safety and justice. New York: Springer.Google Scholar
  2. Villarejo, D. (2003). The health of U.S. hired farm workers. Annual Review of Public Health, 24, 175–193.PubMedGoogle Scholar

Suggested Resources

  1. ILC-88. (2000, June). International Labor Conference. 88th Session. Report VI (1) Safety and health in agriculture. Geneva: International Labor Conference. http://www.ilo.org/public/ebglish/standards/relm/ilc/ilc88/rep-vi-1.htm
  2. Kandel, W. (2008). Profile of hired farmworkers, a 2008 update. United States Department of Agriculture. Economic Research Report. No. 60. www.ers.usda.gov
  3. National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH). www.ncfh.org

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pilar A. Parra
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Nutritional SciencesCornell UniversityIthacaUSA