Italy: the death of two agricultural workers in their sleep opens the debate on improving the living conditions of migrants

Italy: the death of two agricultural workers in their sleep opens the debate on improving the living conditions of migrants
Italy: the death of two agricultural workers in their sleep opens the debate on improving the living conditions of migrants
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An immigrant couple of African descent died last Sunday night, due to inhaling carbon monoxide gas emitted from a stove near their bed, to warm the place during the night, in the province of Foggia, southern Italy.

Two immigrants, an African man and woman, died last Sunday night in a shanty town in Borgo Mezzononi, near the city of Foggia in the Puglia region.

The two immigrants died while sleeping

Informed sources said that the immigrants, a married couple, died in their sleep, due to inhaling carbon monoxide gas, emitted from a stove that was burning near their bed to get warmth. There were two other people sleeping in the same hut who were in a coma.

The incident was reported by immigrants living in the sprawling shantytown, home to more than 1,500 people, most of them immigrants. farm workers Workers who work in the countryside around the city of Foggia.

The emergency teams quickly concluded that the migrants were indeed dead, and the police launched an investigation into the accident, while the firefighters secured the area.

Puglia Farmers’ Union: Migrants must not work in the shadows

Referring to the incident, the Puglia farmers’ union said, “Migrants who arrive in Puglia and can contribute in an organized and decisive way to the country’s economy are a key element to ensure the dominance of Italian-made products, and they must not work in the shadows.”

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The union indicated that in Foggia it had developed a number of programs to improve the living conditions of migrants, promoting a range of services including personal and financial assistance, free transportation to get to the workplace, advice on wages and salaries, vaccination, and assistance to migrants.

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Pietro Piccioni, representative of the Farmers’ Union in Foggia, explained that it is “a reference to a model of agricultural development, and a source of great job opportunities that must be enhanced by following the path of transparency and legitimacy.”

“It is essential to put the farmer in a position to really benefit from the contribution that non-EU foreigners can make, and to keep them out of hiding,” he added.

And the union pointed out that, “In Puglia, more than a quarter of Italian-made products are chosen on the outside tables and produced by foreign hands, as more than 38 thousand foreign workers cover 22.4% of the total working days in this sector, and in the province of Foggia, only a record Seasonal foreign workers more than 973 thousand working days, equivalent to 27.61% of the total needed for the sector.

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Former trade unionist and MP Abubakar Soumahoro visited the farmers’ camp and said, “In Borgo Mezzanouni, Ibrahim and his wife lost their lives last night. I express my condolences for this heavy loss.”

The visiting MP added, “Another tragedy in this camp. The government must immediately activate the resources guaranteed by the National Labor Law and must find solutions for housing workers.”

It is noteworthy that a series of multi-causal fires, most of which affected huts in “Borgo Mezzanoni”, claimed the lives of migrant workers working in harvesting crops and farming in the same area for years.

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