As per a Press Release [No. 89-2020] dated May 6, Norway is “to open its borders for entry by seasonal agricultural workers”.
The government of Norway has decided to allow seasonal agricultural workers from across the world to enter Norway.
As per Minister of Agriculture and Food Olaug Bollestad, “we are now able to amend the rules so that seasonal agricultural workers from countries outside the EEA can come to Norway”.
As per Bollestad, the amendment of the rules in order to allow seasonal workers from other countries to come to Norway is a step that is considered to be vital for the sector.
For many years, a significant number of producers in Norway have relied on seasonal workers from third world countries. Bollestad is of the opinion that “Under the amended rules, they will be able to get the labour they need.”
The declining rate of COVID-19 infection in Norway has led to the lifting of restrictions wherever possible. Despite the COVID-19 special measures being lifted, employers have been reminding to be prepared for some “practical problems due to the ongoing pandemic”.
According to Minister of Justice and Public Security Monica Mæland, “The Government is constantly striving to strike the right balance between the need for infection control measures and other important public interests”.
Though seasonal workers from other countries will be allowed entry into Norway, they will be required to comply with the quarantine rules that are in force at any point in time in Norway.
With COVID-19 cases on the decline in certain areas in the Schengen Area, suggestions have been made for the complete lifting or partial withdrawal of coronavirus special measures, beginning with the border areas.
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