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

Natalia A. Vershinina, Peter Rodgers, Monder Ram, Nick Theodorakopoulos, Yulia Rodionova

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This article, presenting qualitative accounts of Ukrainian fake business owners, highlights how migrants engage in bogus 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
Issue number1
Early online date27 Feb 2018
Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2018

Bibliographical note

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Vershinina, N. A., Rodgers, P., Ram, M., Theodorakopoulos, N., and Rodionova, Y. (2018) False self-employment: the case of Ukrainian migrants in London's construction sector. Industrial Relations Journal, 49: 2–18, which has been published in final form at https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/irj.12199.  This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.


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


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