The interplay between structural and systemic vulnerability during the COVID-19 pandemic: migrant agricultural workers in informal settlements in Southern Italy

Migrants are at risk globally to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, the focus is on migrant agricultural workers in Capitanata, Apulia, Southern Italy. The concept of vulnerability provides our entry point. Structural vulnerability is limited to a certain system domain whereas systemic vulnerability has potential to create effects on a variety of interconnected systems. While the article makes an early empirical contribution to understanding one group of migrants’ vulnerability during the pandemic and the ensuing governance responses, the analytical framework developed has applicability beyond this particular group of migrants and this particular crisis, and may provide a useful tool for further research.

Authors: L. Pisacane, M. Kilkey

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Communicable diseases, Employment, occupational health, adult education, youth employment, Groups that experience vulnerability: women, ethnic minorities, LGBTI+, migrants, disability
National, Regional

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