Exploited Labour: Migrant Workers in Italy’s Agricultural Sector

18/12/2012 – During the past decade, the public debate in Italy on migration from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East has been characterised by stigmatization of immigrants by the media and politicians, and shaped by increasing xenophobic sentiments among the general public. Against this background, the Italian government has linked immigration control with public security, reinforcing the public perception that the country’s security is threatened by an uncontrollable wave of dangerous “clandestine” migration.