Migrant farmworkers protest for better conditions in Puglia, Italy (archival picture) | Photo: ANSA/Franco Cautillo
Migrant farmworkers protest for better conditions in Puglia, Italy (archival picture) | Photo: ANSA/Franco Cautillo

Italian authorities and healthcare providers have distributed 1,200 kits with facemasks, disinfectant gels and detergents to migrants living near the Italian city of Foggia.

Civil protection officers, Red Cross volunteers and members of the Intersos association have distributed the kits to migrants living near Foggia in south-central Italy over the past few days. The kits contain reusable facemasks, disinfectant gels and detergents, as well as other products for personal hygiene.

The kits were distributed in Borgo Mezzanone, an informal settlement in the countryside near Foggia, on Monday, and in smaller camps in the area over the previous days.

"For the first time, something is being distributed to a population that is usual invisible," said Alessandro Verona, a medical officer for the immigration unit of Intersos. "However, the issue can't be solved only through distributions: the objective needs to be to overcome the concept of ghetto and this can be done by recognizing people's right to exist through documents, the right to a safe job and the right to live in a real home."

50,000 euros from region for bikes for migrant workers

As part of initiatives to support migrant workers in Puglia, the regional government last week pledged 50,000 euros to volunteer associations that will buy bicycles for seasonal farmworkers in the provinces of Foggia, Lecce and Taranto. The objective is to help migrants reach their workplace "optimizing logistical management, safeguarding security and helping immigrants in temporary hosting facilities," according to statement by the regional government.


 

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