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Choosing to become unauthorized Mexican & Central American migrant farm workers




Tanya Basok , Danièle Bélanger , and Eloy Rivas


About the researchers

Project title: Choosing to Become Unauthorized: A Case Study of Mexican Migrant Farm Workers in Leamington

Tanya Basok is a professor at University of Windor’s Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, and director of the Centre for Studies in Social Justice. Her research focuses principally on migration and migrant rights. She is particularly interested in how the notions of citizenship rights and human rights have been articulated and negotiated by grassroots and international organizations to advance the rights of migrants. She specializes in migration within and from Latin America.

Danièle Bélanger is a professor of geography at Laval University in Quebec City. She is a former Canada Research Chair at Western University and the former director of Western’s Migration and Ethnic Relations Collaborative Graduate Program. Her research examines various international migration issues. She focuses on gender and migration, marriage migration, and temporary labour migration within Asia (Southeast Asia to East Asia) and North America (Mexico and Central America to Canada). She is particularly interested in documenting the migration experience to promote migrants’ rights.

Eloy Rivas holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Sonora (Mexico), and an MA in Sociology from the University of Windsor. He is currently a doctoral candidate in sociology and political economy at Carleton University. His current research focuses on health-related problems faced by undocumented migrant workers in the underground agricultural labor market of southern Ontario, as well as workers’ collective responses to these problems.

Basok, Bélanger , and Rivas authored a Final Report on the findings of this study:

Responsible institution

CERIS - The Ontario Metropolis Centre

Place published

CERIS - The Ontario Metropolis Centre

File Attachments


  • Research Summary (http://www.ceris.metropolis.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/BASOK-Choosing-to-become-unauthorized-FINAL.pdf)

  • Final report (http://www.ceris.metropolis.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Final-Report-Basok.pdf)

Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers

Content types

Policy analysis and Statistics on work and life conditions

Geographical focuses


Spheres of activity

Sociology and Social work