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New guidance published for migrants working in Scottish agriculture

August 17, 2020


Together with the Scottish Government and JustRight Scotland, Fife Migrants Forum (FMF) and Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX) have published new guidance for seasonal migrants workers coming to Scotland to work in the soft fruit sector. This guidance is available for two types of migrant workers, those arriving in Scotland on the Seasonal Worker Visa and those who are from the European Economic Area and have the right to free movement. This guidance is translated into the following languages: Bulgarian, Romanian, Ukrainian & Russian.

The guidance covers core areas related to work and life in the UK, including: employment terms and conditions, changing employer, pay and overtime, accommodation, health and safety and healthcare including specific measures during the Coronavirus pandemic, it also outlines indicators of human trafficking and provides a range of contacts in case support is needed whilst in Scotland.

We will be distributing this guidance to new migrants upon arrival in Scotland as well as through growers cooperatives, farmers, migrant communities and networks. We hope that this guidance will help to provide the information you need to have a positive experience of work in agriculture, to access the support you need when you need it and to avoid facing abuse or exploitation during your time in Scotland.

Please click here to access this guidance.

If you would like a hard copy please contact FLEX at [email protected] or FMF at [email protected].

The distribution of this guidance supports research conducted by FLEX and FMF into the experiences of seasonal migrant workers in Scotland’s soft fruit sector. The final report, Assessment of the risks of human trafficking for forced labour on the UK Seasonal Workers Pilot can be found here.