Work migration between borders

work migrants’ work and life conditions in relevant sectors in the Euregio region of Rhine-Waal

The cooperation project analyses conditions of work migration in the Euregio region of Rhine-Waal. The COVID-19 pandemic revealed to which extent work migrants’ labor enables and maintains central fields of economy and society. In contrast to this, their work and life conditions are frequently highly precarious. This project researches conditions of work migration on both sides of the border in the Euregio region of Rhine-Waal in Germany and The Netherlands in which many work migrants from East-European countries in the European Union live and work. The research is done in cooperation with the project "Migranten in de frontlinie“, project leader Prof. Dr. Tesseltje de Lange, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.* A cross border mobility has emerged in this region due to which work and life world are organized transnationally – particularly for work migrants. In this research, we study legal regulations and the media discourse on work migration. Moreover, we analyze measures taken to deal with the pandemic and the support of work migrants in the spheres of politics, economy and civil society. Based on this, recommendations will be developed for the municipalities and the labor market to improve conditions for work migrants. Built on the findings of this project, experiences of work migrants will be analyzed in a further research project.

Project lead

Prof. Dr. Ingrid Jungwirth

Professor of social sciences with a focus on diversity and inclusion

Scientific Assistant

Marius Glassner, MA

Student Assistant

Federica Pilotti


Cooperation project with

Ministry for Regional Identity, Communities and Local Government, Building and Gender Equality of the land of North Rhine-Westphalia

Ministry for Employment, Public, Health and Social Affairs of the land of North Rhine-Westphalia

Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands



June 2021 to August 2022



„Arbeitsmigration zwischen den Grenzen – prekäre Arbeit von Migrant*innen in der Lebensmittelproduktion in Europa“, Beitrag auf dem gemeinsamen Kongresses der DGS, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie, und ÖGS, Österreichische Gesellschaft für Soziologie, Ad-hoc Gruppe “Saisonniers und Erntehelfer*innen während der Covid-19 Pandemie” (zusammen mit Tesseltje de Lange, Anita Böcker, Lisa Berntsen, Sandra Mantu, Natalia Skowronek)

„Work Migrants between Borders – Precarious Work and Lifeworlds in a Europeanized labour Market”, Beitrag auf dem Kongress der European Sociological Association 2021 „Sociological Knowledges for Alternative Futures“, RN 35, Research Network „Sociology of Migration“

(together with Tesseltje de Lange, Anita Böcker, Lisa Berntsen, Sandra Mantu, Natalia Skowronek)

G.I.B.-Info 4/2021