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3 From Temporary Work in Agriculture to Irregular Status in Domestic Service: The Transition and Experiences of Senegalese Migrant Women in Spain

  • Aly Tandian
  • Sylvia I. Bergh
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Part of the Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace book series (HSHES, volume 9)

Abstract

Amid increasing irregular flows of Senegalese migrants to Spanish territories, the two countries entered into a bilateral agreement in 2007 for a temporary work scheme that ultimately saw the migration of more than 700 Senegalese women for work in the agricultural sector in Spain. Due to a number of factors, including weaknesses in the recruitment process on the sending side and the nature of the work on the receiving side, many of the women subsequently abandoned their posts in search of domestic work or jobs in personal services in Spanish cities, thus transitioning to irregular status. Using data collected from 525 of these Senegalese migrant women, this chapter examines how they came to form this unintended cohort of unauthorized migrants and their experiences as they strive to live, work, and access various social rights in the context of the current Spanish labour market and economic crisis. Some measures are suggested to strengthen the management of future temporary work schemes and protect Senegalese women migrants in Spain.

Keywords

Agriculture domestic work gender labour market migration Senegal social justice Spain women 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aly Tandian
    • 1
  • Sylvia I. Bergh
    • 2
  1. 1.Groupe d’Etudes et de Recherches sur les Migrations & de SocietesSaint-LouisSenegal
  2. 2.Erasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands

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