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Importing Poverty?: Immigration and the Changing Face of Rural America

Philip Martin


American agriculture employs some 2.5 million workers during a typical year, most for fewer than six months. Three fourths of these farm workers are immigrants, half are unauthorized, and most will leave seasonal farm work within a decade. What do these statistics mean for farmers, for labourers, for rural America? This book addresses the question by reviewing what is happening on farms and in the towns and cities where immigrant farm workers settle with their families. The book finds that the business-labor model that has evolved in rural America is neither desirable nor sustainable. It propo ... More

Keywords: rural America, agriculture, farm workers, immigrants, business-labor model, American farmers, farms, farm labor market

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780300139174
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300139174.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Martin, author