Tunisia : Migrations from the peasants' eyes


The Experience of La Via Campesina at the WSF

On the morning of the final day of the World Social Forum in Tunis, held in from 26th to 30th March 2013, La Vía Campesina delegate Mohammed Hakech , from Marocco, was the final speaker at a session challenging the dominant discourse of migration.

Hakech was joined on stage in Amphitheatre 6 by other three speakers, each one of which drew on their experiences from three continents to examine the causes and consequences of migration in the context of global inequality and the intense pressure facing farmers.

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Peasants and Migrants are Building an International Unity for the Full Rights of All Migrants

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La Via Campesina - Press release

[MANILA, 28 November 2012] The 5th World Social Forum on Migrations is happening with many historic firsts from 26-30 November 2012. It is the first time the World Social Forum on Migrations has come to Asia. This is also the first forum with the biggest diversity of participants: more than 800 hundred peope are coming from countries and regions from all over the world. There are representatives of not only migrants movements but also of peasants, trade unions and indigenous peoples.

La Via Campesina, the international peasants movement with over 200 million members worldwide, have always stood in solidarity with migrants movements around the world. We are proud to work together with migrant movements in this monumental World Social Forum on Migrations in Manila, the Philippines.

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2 years after the events that took place in Rosarno, the struggle for the respect of farmers and seasonal workers rights continues

European Coordination Via Campesina  - PRESS RELEASE -BRUSSELS, January 11th

On January 7th, 2010  the African workers employed to harvest citrus fruit in Rosarno, Italy expressed their anger.

This legitimate revolt was triggered by racism, unacceptable working and housing conditions and unpaid wages. It shocked public opinion by highlighting the situations of unsustainable exploitation of the workers.

The mobilization of African workers has increased  solidarity between the small-scalefarmers who no longer have any income and farm workers. It has also created favorable conditions for the self-organization of the workers. This action has led to the granting of residence and entreprenreurship permits in Rome, and in Nardo in August 2011 to the longest ever seasonal workers' strike  in Italy to demand better working and pay conditions.

For years the farmers' unions that are members of the European Coordination Via Campesina and associations or agricultural workers' unions have been struggling together to impose the acceptance of peasant farming, agro-ecological practiceand solidarity. (This is the specific case of the campaign "SOS Rosarno" which involves migrant workers, small-scale farmers whose livelihoods have been destroyedby supermarkets, small retailers and consumers).

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How to improve the rights of the seasonal workers in agriculture?

Press release Turin, 4th of February 2010

The Working group “seasonal workers, migrations and agriculture” of the European Coordination Via Campesina met on the 29th and 30th of January 2010 in Turin, 15 days after the events in Rosarno.

The working group agreed that:

  • The Common Agricultural Policy has supported the concentration and industrialization of the European agricultural production leading to the impoverishment and disappearance of many peasants and has increased the exploitation of workers.

  • The events of Rosarno form part of a migratory policy indifferent to respect for human rights, a practice unfortunately widespread throughout Europe and generated by a globalisation of economic exchanges to the detriment of populations and a just distribution of common goods.


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