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Pilot scheme for seasonal farm workers announced by the Home Secretary and Environmental Secretary

06 September 2018 James Ritchie Business Immigration

Announced today by Savid Javid and Michael Gove is a pilot to allow migrants to work on UK farms.

The pilot, to be rolled out nationwide, is aimed at addressing the possible labour shortages on the horizon, as highlighted by the National Farmers Union. As stated by Savid Javid, “British farmers are vital to the UK’s economy – and the Government will look to support them in any way we can.”

The scheme will run for two years from next spring, allowing non-EU nationals who travel to the UK to work on farms producing fruit and vegetables. British farmers will be allowed to recruit a total of 2,500 non-EU nationals, each of whom will be allowed to stay in the UK for up to six months.

The Home Secretary stated that:

“This pilot will ensure farmers have access to the seasonal labour they need to remain productive and profitable during busy times of the year.”

The Environmental Secretary stated similarly: 

“From lettuce in East Anglia to strawberries in Scotland, we want to make sure that farmers can continue to grow, sell and export more great British food.”

The pilot’s results will be reviewed over the course of the scheme’s 2 year span, which could lead to similar schemes being introduced to support the longer-term needs of other industries which are face shortages post-Brexit.


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