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.
Bibliographical noteThis 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
- fake self-employment