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Migrant Farmworkers in South-Central Minnesota: Farmworker-Led Research and Action for Change.

Contreras, Victor, Jaime Duran, and Kathryn Gilje.

Each year, 20,000 to 35,000 migrant agricultural workers are recruited to Minnesota to work in farm fields and food processing plants. Most are permanent legal residents of the United States from the border region of southern Texas and northern Mexico who spend April through November in Minnesota, then return home during the off-season. This article reports the results of a survey done in the year 2000 of 180 migrant farmworkers in south-central Minnesota that was based on participatroy research approaches, and discusses the subsequent formation of Centro Campesino (Farmworkers' Center), a membership-based advocacy group for migrant workers in Minnesota. Survey topics discussed in the article include where workers live when not employed in Minnesota, how workers travel to the state, agricultural companies' recruitment practices, housing and working conditions for migrant laborers, the contributions farmworkers make to Minnesota communities, and the general experiences of migrant workers in Minnesota. The article then describes Centro Campesino's formation, philosophy, and priorities for change. Based on their research, the authors conclude with the following list of policy recommendations: (1) ensure that future research on migrant communities directly involves farmworkers in the inception, development, and implementation of the research, and in the ownership and use of the data; (2) establish a shared definition of agruicutural workers that is honored across agency, county, school district, city, and state boundaries; (3) increase availability of livable and affordable housing in rural Minnesota; (4) encourage safe jobs that pay a wage on which migrant families can comfortably live; (5) translate agency and service materials into Spanish, and encourage second and third language acquisition for everyone; and (6) encourage cross-cultural dialogue and an inclusive approach to community development in Minnesota.

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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
31 (1): 1-8
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Reporter 31 (1)