This year, 14,583 Moroccan women were hired as seasonal workers for the berry harvest in the Spanish province of Huelva, carried out between February and May 2019. Throughout the campaign, there have been a total of 91,291 inscriptions in the Special Agrarian Regime; of these, 42,979 correspond to Spanish workers, 26,418 to workers from third countries and another 21,894 to those from EU countries.
In order to guarantee the social protection of the temporary workers and the monitoring of their working and accommodation conditions, the Moroccan Ministry of Employment organized training sessions for the temporary workers in the country of origin dealing with their labor rights. Likewise, in Spain, the General State Administration, the Government of Andalusia, the companies involved in the campaign, the unions and the NGOs in the sector all coordinated their actions.
In 2018, a total of 15,000 temporary workers (all women) traveled in stages to Spain in order to work in the berry harvest. Of these, 2,500 did not return to their country of origin.
Following several reports of sexual and labor abuse and harassment of Moroccan temporary workers in the previous season, the authorities of Rabat and Madrid decided to implement stronger controls and to provide monitoring and advice services throughout the entire operation in the following campaigns.