Covid-19: Italy to grant illegal migrants work permits amid pandemic

Covid-19: Italy to grant illegal migrants work permits amid pandemic

- As part of an economic reprieve package, Italy has agreed to grant half a million migrants the right to work

- The agreement came as the country faces lingering food shortage as crops ripen up with few hards to pick them

- The work permit also includes those that are in the hospitality business of caring for the elderly

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In the bid to combat the consequences of coronavirus, Italy will be giving temporary work permit to 500,000 illegal migrants.

The migrants are considered important as they will be helping the country to pick crops and care for the elderly in the country.

The new development was part of the stimulus package agreed by the government on Wednesday, May 13, reports.

It should be noted that the lockdown measure put in place by the country has affected food security in the nation as harvest ripens up with not enough hands to pick them up as migrant workers have not been able to travel.

Italy tries to save its economy amid coronavirus outbreak. Photo source: CBS News

Italy tries to save its economy amid coronavirus outbreak. Photo source: CBS News
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"The food on our table comes from these fields. Now we must hand over those rights which have been denied to those who work in them," said Peppe Provenzano, minister for the south of Italy.

Another thing worthy of note is that the agreement was part of the about $60 billion stimulus package approved by the minister of agriculture, Teresa Bellanova.

Matteo Salvini, an opposition leader of the League party, has however criticized the move, wondering why illegals are given such right when there are so many Italians looking for jobs.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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