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Rome made a decision Wednesday to regularize the situation of illegal immigrants working in the agricultural sector or as temporary local assistants, to control the black market and enable them to obtain health care in the face of the Corona virus, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said, noting that the move came in the framework of combating Crime and to end the black market in jobs. </p><div> <p>The government decided <strong>Italian </strong>Wednesday regularizing the situation of illegal immigrants working in the agricultural sector or as local assistants, to control the black market and allow them access to health care in the face of a crisis <strong>Corona Virus</strong>.
In this context, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte stated in a press conference, “We have reached an important result (…) in the context of combating crime and putting an end to the black market in jobs.”
The Italian official said that migrant workers will ensure an “adequate level of health care” in the face of “this exceptional health crisis.”
Every summer, thousands of African workers, plus Bulgarian and Romanian workers, come to Italy to participate in harvesting fruits and vegetables. This group usually receives lower salaries for long working hours, and workers sleep in unsanitary camps. Mafia gangs exploit many of them for illegal activities.
Beneficiaries of the new scheme will have to demonstrate that they have experience working in the agricultural or local sector. It also requires the government decree to take urgent measures to ensure the security and cleanliness of workers’ housing.
A number of NGOs and political parties, including Italy’s Oxfam and church-related organizations, described the measure as an “important first step (…) towards recognizing the rights of hundreds of thousands of foreigners present” in Italy and “defending their dignity”.
France 24 / AFP