/Episode 04

Living conditions

Temporary solutions and the precarity of living spaces


The intimacy of the domestic space and daily routines change overnight.

Forms of temporary labor lead to a fragmented lifestyle. People need not only adjust to working conditions, but also to new forms of housing and interaction.


Caravans that accommodate workers on a UK farm

Employers take little interest in how workers rest and spend their free time.

This often causes problems related to:

  • Long distances to the workplace and commuting;
  • Living in makeshift spaces (caravans) on farms, which mandates additional expenses for basic necessities, repairs, and cleaning;


  • Shared housing, which entails a constant negotiation of communal areas that are unfit for the number of people using them;
  • A lack of conditions for preparing food.

Forms of Housing

The Mediators’ Promises

Mediators fail to inform people on what the employer can provide them with, and most of the time promise better conditions than what people actually find there.

Distance to the Workplace

Iulian lives alone, in a rented apartment. The biggest problem he faces is commuting to the locations he is sent to by the outsourcing company, which can sometimes even mean a two-hour trip.

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In the context of the workers’ temporary relocation to a foreign country, physical labor, and the absence of their home support system, the spaces they inhabit, as well as their opportunities for socialization and leisure activities, are essential for their mental wellbeing.

Spare Time