There are different definitions of a migrant worker; we adopt that of "an individual who arrives in the host country either with a job to go to or with the intention of finding one", sometimes also referred to as 'an economic migrant'. In Herefordshire this includes people from European countries such as Portugal and the newer accession states (for example Poland and Bulgaria). It also includes workers from countries further afield such as Southern Africa and the Philippines. Migrant workers are generally people who intend to stay in the UK for the medium to long term (at least a year), whereas seasonal workersare those who come to work on farms over the growing season and then return home.
Seasonal and migrant workers in Herefordshire
There is no single estimate of the number of seasonal and migrant workers in Herefordshire. The Intelligence Unit has in the past produced reports collating all the available information on seasonal and migrant workers in the county. The most recent was done in 2008, and can be downloaded from the box below below.
In addition, we conduct a survey to find out numbers of workers from overseas expected on farms in Herefordshire each year. The 2014 survey was sent out to farms late April 2014, and the full report of the findings of the survey can be downloaded from the box below.
Other organisations have undertaken research into migrant and seasonal workers in Herefordshire:
The following are links to some other useful sources of information about numbers of migrant and seasonal workers in the UK generally:
We are not responsible for the content or reliability of the linked websites. References or listings should not be taken as endorsement by Herefordshire Council of any kind. We cannot guarantee that these links will work all of the time and we have no control over the availability of linked pages.
Last updated: Wednesday, August 22, 2018