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Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker (MSFW)

 
 
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A migrant farmworker is defined as an individual who is required to be absent from a permanent place of residence for the purpose of seeking employment in remunerated agricultural work. Migrant farmworkers are also called migratory agricultural workers.  Seasonal farmworkers are individuals who are employed in temporary farmwork but do not move from their permanent residence to seek farmwork; they may also have other sources of employment. 
 
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There are between 1-2.5 million hired farmworkers in the US.  About a half of those are under the age of 18.  Seventy-eight percent are male, and 22 percent are female.  On average, hired farmworkers are young and predominantly Latino, have limited formal education, are foreign-born, and speak limited to no English.  About half have authorization to work in the United States. 
 
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The term “migrant farmworker” include people working temporarily or seasonally in farm fields, orchards, canneries, plant nurseries, fish/seafood packing plants, and more.  “Migrant farmworker” and “migratory agricultural worker” are synonymous.
 
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Today, migrant farmworkers still suffer mortality and morbidity rates greater than the majority of the Amperican population, due in part to the combination of poverty, limited access to health care, hazardous working conditions, and the lack of regulations. 
 
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Agriculture remains one of the most hazardous occupations in the US with an overall industry fatality rate of 3.4/100,000 (in 2015.)
 
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Hispanic workers are more likely than other ethnic groups to b einvolved in a fatal occupational injury, and recent years data have shown increases in fatal work injuries involving Latino workers.