Finland enhances protection for Thai berry pickers

Asian berry pickers recruited to roam in the forests in Finland are getting more public assistance now against exploitation by berry buyers, after the media gave attention to the plight of some Thai pickers last year. berripickers

Each picker now gets a background brochure when receiving visa at a Finnish diplomatic mission.

Senior government councilor Olli Sorainen from the Finnish Ministry of Employment and Economy told Xinhua that a civil servant has been placed at the disposal of berry pickers for assistance in the main picking area.

However, the crucial problem remains as to whether foreign pickers should be regarded as being employed in Finland or as entrepreneurs.

Read more: Xinhua

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