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The role of recruitment agencies in imagining and producing the ‘good’ migrant / Allan Findlay; David McCollum; Sergei Shubin; Elina Apsite; Zaiga Krisjane

Social & Cultural Geography, Volume: 14, Issue: 2, Pages: 145 - 167

Swansea University Author: Shubin, Sergei

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This paper focuses on representations of labour migrants and interrogates how such imaginaries shape migrant recruitment and employment regimes. The recruitment and employment of labour migrants inevitably involves a range of knowledge practices that affect who is recruited, from where and for what...

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Published in: Social & Cultural Geography
ISSN: 1464-9365
Published: 2013
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa13781
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Abstract: This paper focuses on representations of labour migrants and interrogates how such imaginaries shape migrant recruitment and employment regimes. The recruitment and employment of labour migrants inevitably involves a range of knowledge practices that affect who is recruited, from where and for what purposes. In particular, this paper seeks to advance understandings of how images of ‘bodily goodness’ are represented graphically and how perceptions of migrant workers influence the recruitment of workers to the UK from Latvia. The research described in this paper is based on interviews with recruitment agencies, employers and policy makers carried out in Latvia in 2011. The analysis results in a schema of the ‘filtering’ processes that are enacted to ‘produce’ the ‘ideal’ migrant worker. An important original contribution of this paper is that it details how recruitment agencies, in not only engaging in the spatially selective recruitment of labour from certain places but also drawing socially constructed boundaries around migrant bodies, play a key part in shaping migration geographies both in sending and destination countries.
Item Description: delete those elements that do not apply, but include at least one element from each of a and b:a. The author made a substantial contribution either to the conception and design of the study; or to analysis andinterpretation of study data.
Keywords: bodily goodness, embodied transnationalism, good worker, knowledge practices, labour migration, migrant division of labour
College: College of Science
Issue: 2
Start Page: 145
End Page: 167