A labor union demonstration by foreign workers in agriculture in Rignano Garganico (Foggia), Italy. |Photo: ANSA/ Franco Cautillo
A labor union demonstration by foreign workers in agriculture in Rignano Garganico (Foggia), Italy. |Photo: ANSA/ Franco Cautillo

The Italian government has issued a new decree related to migrant flows that will allow 30,850 non-EU workers to enter the country. Of these, 12,850 will be employed in non-seasonal work and freelance work, and 18,000 will be employed for seasonal work in the agricultural and tourist-hospitality sectors.

A total of 30,850 non-EU workers will be able to enter Italy as part of a 2019 decree related to migrant flows issued by the Italian government. The decree was published in the Official Gazette and signed by Cabinet Secretary Giancarlo Giorgetti. 


Of the total, 100 places have been reserved for workers of Italian origin residing in Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela and Brazil. 

Quotas in the decree 

For non-seasonal work and freelance work, a total of 12,850 workers will be admitted. For seasonal employment in the agricultural and tourist-hospitality fields, a total of 18,000 workers will be admitted. The quotas for employed work, both seasonal and non-seasonal, are divided by the labor and industry ministry among the territorial labor inspectorates, the regions, and the autonomous provinces. 

'Click day' is April 24 

The farmers' association Coldiretti said the so-called "click day" in which 18,000 non-EU seasonal workers can apply online for entry is Wednesday, April 24. Applications will be accepted up until December 31, 2019, and can be submitted through the interior ministry's online system for non-EU seasonal workers.

The potential workers will find jobs above all in agriculture, which, together with tourism, is the sector that provides the most job opportunities. Coldiretti said a total of 345,000 foreigners currently work in agriculture in Italy, including both seasonal and permanent workers. It said they provide a total of 29.437 million days of work. The quotas for seasonal workers are open to applicants from the following countries: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, India, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Niger, Nigeria, The Philippines, Senegal, Serbia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tunisia, and Ukraine. 
 

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