Article from ROAPE Volume 9 Number 25
Extract from Black Gold: A Study in the Export of Labour


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Extract from Black Gold: A Study in the Export of Labour
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Vol.9 No.25 (Winter 1982), pp22-28
The life and experience of the Mozambican migrant miner, and the condition of the rural economy from which he was drawn, is part of the reality of contemporary struggle, not only in Southern Africa, but in the world of our time. Europe's industrialised economies, despite the cutting back of production and employment during the crisis that began in the 1970s, continue to depend on millions of migrant workers, the majority from former colonial territories. John Berger and Jean Mohr wrote about and photographed Europe's Seventh Man: in some European countries one out of seven manual workers has been an immigrant.