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Germany extends temporary residence for seasonal workers in agriculture

Christian Fernsby |
German Minister of Food and Agriculture Julia Kloeckner has announced to extend temporary residence for seasonal workers in agriculture from 70 days to 115 days to tackle the labor shortage.

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In an interview with national broadcaster ARD on Wednesday, Kloeckner said around 100,000 seasonal workers that had helped harvesting in Germany on a regular basis over the last years were missing due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the country and the entry ban for seasonal workers from Eastern European countries.

Seasonal workers who were already in Germany would now be allowed to stay for 115 days instead of 70 days, she said, adding the limits on additional earnings had been raised.

"Farmers and their employees are systemically relevant," Kloeckner said. Standards must now be set for seasonal workers to eliminate health risks to the population. According to Kloeckner, this would mainly involve new regulations for hygiene.

She announced to hold talks with Interior Minister Horst Seehofer on the issue.

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