A home carer accompanies her elderly employer on a walk in Rome | PHOTO: ANSA
A home carer accompanies her elderly employer on a walk in Rome | PHOTO: ANSA

A total of 80,366 applications for migrant regularization in Italy have been submitted in the first month of the scheme, which began on June 1 as part of post-COVID-19 relaunch measures. The vast majority of the cases have already been processed. However, the Italian interior ministry said the number of applications is continually growing.

Applications for migrant regularization have picked up after a slow start initially. After one month, the total number of applications had reached 80,366, out of which nearly 70,000 have been processed. On average, each day employers sent 2,650 applications to the interior ministry's online system to legalize workers.

The majority of applications thus far have been for domestic workers: According to the second report from the interior ministry on applications to legalize irregular workers, domestics and home carers made up 88% (61,411) of the applications already processed, and 76% (8,116) of those still being processed. The region of Lombardy reported the highest number of applications for domestic workers and home carers, while the region of Campania reportedly has the most farmworker applications. 

The main countries of origin for domestic workers and home carers include Morocco at first place, followed by Ukraine and Bangladesh; for farm work, the top countries of origin are Albania, Morocco, and India. 

Of a total of 61,411 employers, who filed an application for domestic workers, 45,730 were Italian (roughly 75%). In the farm sector, of 8,310 employers, 7,451 were Italian (90%).

The procedure, which began on June 1, will end on August 15. 

Sea arrivals continue

Meanwhile, migrants continue to depart from North Africa as the pandemic continues. A total of 114 migrants reached the Italian island of Lampedusa on Tuesday evening, and 17 Algerians arrived in Sant'Antioco in southern Sardinia on Wednesday night. 

The private search-and-rescue mission Mare Jonio meanwhile arrived in the port of Augusta with 43 rescuedpeople on board, while the Ocean Viking rescued another 16 people overnight on Wednesday. There are now 180 total rescued migrants aboard the vessel, which is run by the SOS Mediterranee NGO. 

In the first half of 2020, more than 7,000 new migrants arrived in Italy - compared to 2,784 in the same period last year.


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