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I would dispute all the premises of the question. Until now, there are no unprecedented levels of unemployment due to COVID19-related measures across the Western world. The only country where I have heard that the lockdowns resulted in immediate massive unemployment is the US. By contrast, many European countries had higher level of unemployment (as defined,...


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On top of all the other reasons, employers don't like to hire in regular positions people who took "nonstandard"/gig jobs. So, if you're a receptionist but suddenly you put farm work on your CV, you may have trouble finding employment later on anything else but temp farm jobs. Of course, these habits (of the employers) can change, but there's a chicken and ...


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Well, first of all, a far more effective solution would be to send low-risk incarcerated offenders out into the fields. This would help to reduce overcrowding in incarcerated populations (lowering the transmission rate of Covid-19 there), could be easily justified as part of the prisoners' reparations to society, and rewarded with reduced sentences or ...


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This question's premise is fundamentally flawed because it ignores a simple fact about agricultural work: Local workers don't want to do it. The reasons behind this are numerous, but the primary two are: Agricultural work is seen as being "below" locals' social status. Agricultural work is seen as disproportionately difficult for the remuneration provided....


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Salary requests:Seasonal workers at the end of the season might go back to their country where there's a lower cost of life (at least for now). Furthermore if they have to support a family, or save to buy a home, it is probably still at the prices of the country of origin, therefore they are probably willing to accept lower salaries. Labour rights:Local ...


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Same data as other answers, but more abstractly... Urban Sprawl -- unlike say 1800, modern communities have been either planned to, (or permitted to), develop in a way that drives small local farms out of business in favor of large farms near and far. Hence the existing domestic pool of needed workers live relatively far from the farms, and the means of ...


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There are significant efforts to recruit unemployed or underemployed locals for seasonal farm work. In many cases seasonal farm work is actually skilled work, at least if it is to be done quickly and correctly (i.e. pick only the ripe fruit, not all of it). While that can be learned, teaching requires formal or more likely informal instruction. It won't be ...


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I think these countries are in fact approaching this as a problem that has an obvious solution, as you suggest. The issue lies, however, with convincing their populace to work these seasonal jobs, and the inherent nature of seasonal agricultural work. Firstly, the levels of unemployment are not necessarily going to be as bad as you might think, at least in ...


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I think, that you are hitting the very interesting theme. Let's step aside a bit. The core point of migrant's presence (I'm here referring to the majority, who are not highly-educated) in European countries is a huge amount of low-wage, easy jobs, which are not consumed/wanted by local youths who are much more committed to office work. Their (those ...


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The Department of Labor has a nifty Q&A page (Questions 2 and 3 in particular). In short, private sector corporations are considered as a single employer and thus count each employee within the company. If the employee count is greater than 500 the corporation in question is exempt from paid leave due to COVID-19 For what kind of coverage a smaller ...


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