Mi­grant work­ers are “cru­cial”

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The CLA has re­peated warn­ings that a re­duced mi­grant work­force caused by Brexit would have dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences for the ru­ral econ­omy.

In a sub­mis­sion to the Mi­gra­tion Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee con­sul­ta­tion, CLA se­nior econ­o­mist Dr Charles Trot­man said: “Work­ers from the EU and be­yond play a cru­cial role in the ru­ral econ­omy. In agri­cul­ture alone more than 30,000 per­ma­nent work­ers and an es­ti­mated 80,000 sea­sonal work­ers help to keep our shops and mar­ket stalls stocked with UK pro­duce.

“But the sec­tor is al­ready strug­gling to meet labour needs. A sur­vey of CLA mem­bers showed that re­strict­ing ac­cess to mi­grant work­ers would neg­a­tively im­pact the prof­itabil­ity, ef­fi­ciency and vi­a­bil­ity of more than three-quar­ters of ru­ral busi­nesses.”

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