France opens borders to European farm harvest workers

Some farmers have said they have been forced to give up 15-20% of their strawberry crops this year due to a lack of hands-on workers

France has opened its borders to European agricultural workers, who will now take much-needed picking and harvesting jobs on French farms, even as the borders remain closed or restricted for most other travel.

The government confirmed on Thursday (May 7) that European farm workers with a valid working contract will be permitted to enter the country to help French farmers. The permission will apply to workers coming from inside and outside the Schengen Area.

The external borders of the Schengen Area remain closed due to Covid-19 precautions, and even within the EU, various confinement restrictions and internal border closures have made travel difficult-to-impossible since the pandemic began.

Currently in France, borders are open to citizens from the Schengen Area if they are resident ...

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