EMN study: attracting and protecting the rights of seasonal workers in the EU and the United Kingdom

European Migration Network (EMN) published a study on attracting and protecting the rights of seasonal workers in the European Union and the United Kingdom.

Conclusions of the review reveal that most seasonal workers come to the above mentioned states from the third (non European Union) countries (primarily – from Ukraine) and mostly are employed in agriculture, tourism, or manufacturing sectors. Seasonal workers generally fill in the shortage of personnel, therefore the United Kingdom and countries in the EU apply various measures designed to attract them – for instance, arrival procedures are be shortened or simplified; cooperations are established with the seasonal workers’ countries of origin; etc.

Lithuania falls into a relatively small group of states which were analysed in the study and which do not have a defined strategy on how to attract seasonal workers coming from the third countries.