Migrant workers maybe easing Southland’s dairy labour shortage, but it’s coming at a hefty price.
That’s the conclusion of a Lincoln University study into dairy labour released this week.
The research found those entering Southland’s dairy industry from overseas have to cope with language issues, a lack of family support, and a complex immigration system.
Study head Dr Rupert Tipples says while farmers valued migrants’ work ethic, more could be done to ease their integration into the community.
He says it’s important farmers assist workers with English, as that will open the door to better services and support.