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migrant workers

Berry Pickers Stay Away

Published torsdag 3 juni 2010 kl 19.21
Last summer berry pickers protested

A bad harvest last year and new rules on pay means far fewer migrant workers are applying to come and pick Sweden's summer berries.

As jam and jelly the iconic blue berries and lingon berries are a favourite on the Swedish table, but now Swedish companies say not enough workers are coming over to pick them.

Last year many migrant workers were left in debt. Most are paid by the kilo, and a bad harvest meant less berries picked.

New rules were brought in meaning that migrant workers must be able to show that they will make at least two thousand dollars a month. Now the Migration Board reports that the number of applications will likely not reach more than three thousand, compared to seven thousand last year.

Some companies told Swedish radio news that their solution was to look to recruit young Swedish workers.

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