British farmers will be allowed to hire up to 2,500 non-EU migrants each year under a new government pilot that will help ease an expected shortage of seasonal workers.
after Brexit The National Farmers Union has called for special arrangements for short-term workers amid growing concerns that crops will be left to rot on British farms due to labor shortages.
Under the new scheme, which will run for two years from next spring, fruit and Non-EU nationals traveling to the UK to work in vegetable farming can stay for up to six months before returning.
Industry bodies estimate that the agricultural sector relies on a 75,000-strong temporary migrant workforce Unveiling the plans, Home Secretary Sajid Javid said:
“Britain’s farmers are vital to the UK economy – and the Government will look to support them as much as we can.This pilot will ensure farmers have access to the seasonal labor they need to remain productive and profitable during busy times of the year.
“I am committed to creating an immigration system that reduces immigration to sustainable levels, supports all industries and ensures that the UK welcomes those who benefit.