Migratory Fluxes and the Concentration of Foreign Manpower

By Olga Achón Rodríguez.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences: Annual Review

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Once the model of family farming was substituted by an industrial agricultural system of production based on hired labor, the agricultural catalonian (Spain) union Unió de Pagesos, with the consent of the State, reinvented itself as a provider of services related with the acquisition of manpower through a recruitment and supply system -as we designate the set of practices that materialize the recruitment of foreign workers abroad and their concentration is lodgments controlled by the Union. The State's migration polity is responsible of the emergence of such a system, and we can trace its origin in the symbiotic relation between the State and the Union, whose interests- the social control of the foreign worker and the just in time delivery of labor- are harmonized in it. In the lodgment a transformation is intended through different devices -lodgment regulations, the presence of personnel in charge of the facilities, a visit regime and exit permissions, among others- close to other institutions, as labor camps, where the tame of the individuality is aimed through its subordination to a dominating power in order to create a new subject, whose value is exteriorized in its obedience to the will of those who administrate the institutions.

Keywords: Foreign Worker, Migration Polity

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences: Annual Review, Volume 8, pp.13-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 19, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 441.513KB)).

Dr. Olga Achón Rodríguez

Researcher, Research Group on Social Exclusion and Control (GRECS), Universitat de Barcelona, Lleida, Catalunya, Spain