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At a time when we’re all under strict social distancing controls, with our travel severely restricted, farms have been allowed to fly in labourers from Romania.
This is not due to a lack of enthusiasm from people in the UK for the work: 30,000 applications for this work were received from people in the UK, with only 125 of the applicants being taken on. There are other factors at play here.
This is not a rant about immigration. I personally think that people should be allowed to work anywhere they like. But flying hundreds of people in from overseas at a time when we’ve been told that unprecedented restrictions on our movements are necessary in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19 sends out a very confusing message.
Is this a case of giving big business a competitive advantage, at a time when thousands of smaller businesses will struggle to survive?
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