False self-employment: The case of Ukrainian migrants in London’s construction sector

Natalia Vershinina, Peter Rodgers, Monder Ram, Nicholas Theodorakopoulos, Yulia Rodionova

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Abstract

This article, presenting qualitative accounts of Ukrainian business owners, highlights how migrants engage in false self-employment in the UK. Their experiences problematise notions of legality and binary depictions of migrant workers as ‘victims or villains’, demonstrating that migrants see their illegal status as a transient stage before gaining legal status.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-18
JournalIndustrial Relations Journal
Volume49
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018

Keywords

  • work informality
  • illegality
  • fake self-employment
  • migrants
  • vulnerability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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