This contribution deals with the overlapping between productive and reproductive spaces concerning the situation of Romanian citizens working and living in the Italian biggest greenhouses district, located in South-Eastern Sicily. In the last few years, Romanian farmworkers have been asked to reside within or nearby the agricultural companies, producing an arrangement that could be defined as a dormitory labor regime. This spacial location of the workforce allows the employers to shrink the labor costs, although forcing migrants into a condition of isolation and seclusion. Thanks to the data collected through an ethnographic research (participant observation, shadowing, semi-structured interviews), the article provides some reflection on these dynamics, analyzing mainly: (1) the implications of the recruitment strategies opting for couples of workers; (2) the processes of appropriation and re-signification of life and work spaces undertaken by migrant farmworkers.
Keywords: Dormitory labor regime, re-signification of the working places, agricultural work, Romanian farmworkers