Non-agricultural seasonal and temporary migrant workers in Scotland

Responding to the publication of the Non-agricultural seasonal and temporary migrant workers in urban and rural Scotland report, which provides an estimate of the proportion of seasonal migrant workers outside of the agricultural sector in 2019 and information on their living and working conditions. 

Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing MSP, said:

“This research gives us further insight into the size of the seasonal migrant workforce in Scotland as well as a bit of an insight into their lives. It also highlights a number of challenges around people’s real life experience of living and working here and we are determined to change that for the better.

“As the report shows, Scotland relies on migration and as we get closer to the end of the Brexit transition period, its clear that the impacts of Brexit and the end of freedom of movement could be devastating for Scotland. Almost seven out of ten employers of seasonal migrant workers in Scotland expect Brexit to make it harder for them to recruit over the next 12 months. 

“We want people to make Scotland their home before and after the transition period. We need to make it easier for talented and hard-working migrants to settle in Scotland and contribute to our economy and society. We will be there to help and support anyone navigating the EU Settlement Scheme through out Stay in Scotland Campaign. We will launch a Welcome to Scotland resource to provide information to people who have recently moved or are considering a move to Scotland from anywhere in the world”