A decree by the Italian Interior Ministry will make it possible for 18,000 non-EU seasonal workers to enter the country. Requests for labourers can be sent online via the interior ministry website until December 3, infomigrants.net reports.
The country’s largest farmers association, Coldiretti, underscored that the 2020 decree on immigration is especially important for addressing the lack of foreign seasonal workers in agriculture due in part to border and quarantine issues resulting from COVID-19 measures.
“The measure is important for the work in the fields in the autumn,” a Coldiretti spokesperson told infomigrants.net, “which is one of the most delicate times of the entire agricultural year, with harvesting in full force, and many farms at risk of finding themselves with not enough workers at the busiest time of the harvest for grapes, olives, and fruit.”
The association added that the decree is for the entrance of non-EU nationals for seasonal work in the agricultural -and hotel and tourism- sector from Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, South Korea, Ivory Coast, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, the Philippines, Gambia, Ghana, Japan, India, Kosovo, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Republic of North Macedonia, Senegal, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tunisia, and Ukraine.