The present chapter examines the discursive interrelations between farmers, migrant workers, citizens and the state, by looking into a specific geopolitical and social context of agricultural migrant workers employed in a southern region of Israel. As a result of state policy and bilateral agreements with the government of Thailand, the majority of agricultural workers in the region (and elsewhere in Israel) are young Thai men who come to Israel without their families and are required to leave after a predetermined period. They have no viable way of becoming permanent residents, let alone citizens, and their overall quality of life often depends on the means and dispositions of their employers.
|Title of host publication||Sociolinguistic Perspectives on Migration Control|
|Subtitle of host publication||Language Policy, Identity and Belonging|
|Publisher||Channel View Publications|
|Number of pages||22|
|State||Published - 30 Jan 2020|