Foreign Berry Pickers Living Conditions Improve

This summer around 6000 berry pickers land on Sweden’s shores to pick the season’s berry crops. This year, efforts are being made to improve upon the poor living conditions that many berry pickers face in Sweden.

The pickers come from Thailand, the Ukraine and even from China.

The temporary workers’ housing conditions in Sweden have been criticised in the past and a survey of 20 local councils shows that the greatest problem appears to be cramped accommodation with inadequate sanitation facilities and poor ventilation.

The berry pickers often stay in dwellings not really intended for living in, such as empty halls or other empty buildings. 

Now local councils say they are trying to address these problems. Five councils in the northern Västerbotten area have put together a policy which outlines regulations for temporary workers’ living conditions, with inspectors to make regular assessments.