Approaches to Meeting the Need for Seasonal Agricultural Workers through Labor Migrants in the Context of Covid-19

Alexandra A. Potapova – Junior Researcher of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration; Postgraduate student of the Lomonosov Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia). Е-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The pandemic has highlighted the important role of migrants in the agriculture and food systems of many countries. Covid-19 measures that restrict the movement of people have led to a shortage of labor in the sector. The article provides information on the shortage of labor in agriculture of foreign countries and Russia in 2020 and measures to address it.

Key words: agricultural migration, seasonal workers, agricultural employment, labor shortages, coronavirus pandemic, support measures, attracting foreigners.

JEL-codes: J43, J61, Q18, E24.