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Immigrant Labor on Wisconsin Dairy Farms
August 2006 - 2011

Dr. Harrison's immigrant labor research is founded on widespread surveys and interviews of immigrant laborers and their employers on Wisconsin dairy farms beginning in 2007.

Gaining an improved understanding of the location and prevalence of immigrant laborers in the WI dairy labor force, and discovering the type of family and community structures that these workers have is the first goal of the project. After that preliminary step, the central focus will be on a number of key areas: revealing the causes of the increase in immigrant labor, understanding the vulnerabilities to which immigrant laborers and their employers are subject, and gaining knowledge on the issues of cultural integration at various levels - from the individual to the farm to the international community.

As the research yields results, PATS will work to develop educational outreach programs and policy recommendations that flow from the findings.

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