The National Farmers' Union of the United Kingdom proposed to the U.K government, as we hear from our local media, the introduction of temporary work visas for foreign workers from countries outside the EU, such as Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The reason for this is that many industries there are dependent on a foreign labor force. The most sought after professions are in the agriculture and construction sectors, and cleaning services. The British horticulture sector depends on 80,000 seasonal workers who come from Eastern Europe.
“The procedure for obtaining a work permit varies from country to country, but in principle, workers must have a work contract and approval of the employment services of the country to be able to employ a worker from Bosnia and Herzegovina and then a worker with a valid passport and other necessary documents who is applying to obtain work and residence permits,” noted the BiH Agency for Labor and Employment, stressing that the Agency has not yet officially been notified of the British farmers who are looking for our workforce.
The agency pointed out that there are obstacles to obtaining licenses, which can only be reflected in the policies of certain countries of whether they want to import labor from BiH or protect their labor markets by favoring employment of their domestic labor.
Third world country
“For example, the EU generally sees BiH as a third world country, and employment of workers from Bosnia and Herzegovina can only be achieved if they do not have workers with the same skills domestically or in another European country. However, some EU countries have concluded bilateral employment agreements with Bosnia and Herzegovina (Slovenia and Germany for medical workers with a high school diploma), or defined specific legislation that allows for the employment of workers from Bosnia and Herzegovina in these countries with all professions,” they said in the BiH Agency for Labor and Employment.
Where there is no lack of interest is working beyond the borders of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and most often workers go to Slovenia, Austria, Russia, Italy, Serbia, and Croatia and Montenegro, mostly for seasonal jobs in the hospitality and tourism industries.
“This is so because of the inability to find employment in BiH, although we have plenty of examples of people who have a job in BiH but leave to work in other countries, primarily due to better working conditions, and usually better pay, they said in the BiH Agency for Labor and Employment.
(Original version: Mogu li bh. farmeri do Velike Britanije)