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Research on the impact of Covid-19 measures on migrant workers

Published: 23rd September 2020 Last updated: 23rd September 2020

The Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (TSB) is going to conduct research in collaboration with Radboud University Nijmegen into the impact of the corona measures on the work, careers, and well-being of migrant workers from Central and Eastern Europe working in food production chains. The research project is funded by the Gak Institute.

The study is entitled: “The impact of Covid-19 measures on the work, well-being, and careers of Central and Eastern-European migrant workers.” The project starts on October 1, 2020, and is due to run for four years.

Four subprojects

The study consists of four subprojects. In the first, desk and expert research is carried out to identify the actors in the production systems and the impact they have on the vulnerability to Covid-19 of migrant workers. Subprojects 2 and 3 are studies on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the working and living conditions of migrant workers from various Central and Eastern-European countries working in greenhouse horticulture and at distribution centers. Subproject 4 consists of a participatory intervention research with all actors involved in the production networks. Efforts will be made to implement relational production networks for decent work, involving joint responsibility for compliance with the Covid-19 measures and decent work for migrant workers.


The researchers involved are Panna Kerti, MSc (PhD student), Dr. Brigitte Kroon (project manager and contact), Dr. Charissa Freese, Dr. Marloes van Engen (all affiliated to TSB, Department of Human Resource Studies, Tilburg University), and Dr. Inge Blijenbergh (Radboud University Nijmegen).

Gak Institute

The Gak Institute wants to contribute to the quality of social security in the Netherlands by funding research, projects, and professorships. More information can be found at

If you want to know more about this study, or participate in it, please contact Brigitte Kroon: