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Spain: Huelva sets quota of immigrant labourers for strawberry harvest

The meetings held since October between the agricultural organizations and the central government, in order to negotiate the arrival of non-EU workers for the agricultural campaigns in the province of Huelva, have resulted in the setting of a quota of 2,200 workers - 1,600 for the picking of strawberries and 600 for other red fruits. They have also discussed the possibility of bringing 4,000 additional foreign workers, depending on the needs of the sector.

Sources from the Ministry of Employment and Social Security have reported to Europa Press that the agreement for the quota of immigrants in the province of Huelva has been set after "several meetings," held after the Provincial Commission of Migratory Flows, that took place on 10 October. 

The Government wished to emphasise that the agreements have been reached with the "participation and consensus of all parties."
Thus, the contingent of workers for the harvesting of strawberry and red berries approved for 2017 is similar to that of the previous year.

During the provincial commission of migratory flows, attended by the General Secretary of Immigration and Emigration of the Ministry of Employment and Social Security, Marina del Corral, the government expressed its commitment to Huelva's agricultural sector and to "working together to guarantee the good development of the sector, making sure that that the recruitment of foreign workers at origin is not detrimental to the situation of the labour market in the province."

Del Corral had already announced "an increase in the number of foreign seasonal workers contracted at origin in order to meet the need for additional labour, given the expanding acreage devoted to strawberries and other red fruits."

Some agricultural organizations, such as UPA, had already warned at the end of the previous campaign, that it would be necessary to increase the number of contracts at origin due to the shortage of labourers during certain peaks in the production, which is why they asked to "double" the contingent of foreign workers.

Source: Europa Press

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