1,781 migrant workers get papers in Italy’s Puglia region

1,781 migrant workers get papers in Italy’s Puglia region

The trade union CGIL said Tuesday that 1,781 migrant workers in the agricultural sector in Italy’s Puglia region had received papers as part of an amnesty out of over 15,000 with expired stay permits. The trade union asked for an extension to the deadline for the submitting of requests to be included in the amnesty, which is currently August 15.

The Italian trade union CGIL said Tuesday that 1,781 migrant farmworkers in the region of Puglia, in the southern part of the country, had received papers out of over 15,000 with expired stay permits as part of an amnesty approved for temporary legalisation of work in the sector. 

In the Foggia area only 797 received papers, according to CGIL figures presented during a press conference in the Borgo Mezzanone shantytown in the countryside of the zone. 

Call to extend deadline 

“Our presence here,” said the head of the Puglia branch of CGIL, Pino Gesmundo, “is to underscore the need to extend the regulation, which had an aim: to facilitate the legalisation of under-the-table work, especially in the agricultural sector.” 

The regulation calls for all requests to be filed by August 15. “In reality we have seen an ineffectiveness. The figures,” he added, “show that very few workers were able to use this regulation, which workers in other sectors made more use of — such as carers and domestic help.” 

The representative of the regional branch of the trade union said that “there is a need to…

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