A Moroccan delegation from the Ministry of Labor and one from the National Agency for the Promotion of Employment and Skills conducted a two-day visit this week to Huelva, where Moroccan seasonal workers work on farms over the harvest seasons. The delegations aimed to prepare for the next campaign to recruit Moroccan seasonal workers for berry farms.
The Moroccan and Spanish officials agreed on the need to set conditions for the success of the recruiting operation. The secretary general of the Ministry of Labor, Noureddine Benkhalil, has stated that the visit is part of the partnership program between Morocco and Spain on seasonal migration: “It must be emphasized that the partnership model that is the focus of today’s visit is an exemplary experience.”
He acknowledged that the conditions “need to be improved, enriched but also safeguarded”, as last summer, several Moroccan seasonal workers said that they were subjected to sexual harassment and assault by Spanish managers in the strawberry producing region of Huelva. Following the allegations, Morocco and Spain promised to improve protections for female seasonal workers.