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"Spanish strawberries rely on misery"

Le Monde reports on the living conditions of many seasonal workers in Huelva

On February 29, the French newspaper Le Monde published an article entitled "La fraise cultivée en Espagne pousse sur la misère", in which it described the conditions of seasonal laborers working in Huelva's strawberry sector. It recalled the statements that the UN rapporteur, Philip Alston, made last February, where he compared the camps in which some workers live with refugee camps.

Le Monde's article also featured the position of the Andalusian Strawberry Interprofessional Association, Interfresa, whose president, José Luis García-Palacios said: "Illegal camps have nothing to do with the agricultural sector. They are located on public land, and we have been asking administrations for ten years to put an end to this inhuman situation that is harming our reputation. We are not responsible for this."

Likewise, García-Palacios said that the undocumented immigrants living there do not work in the strawberry sector. "Our companies do not hire anyone who doesn't adhere to the law."

In any case, the French newspaper urged local and national governments to seek a solution, as it claims that the Spanish strawberry sector "relies on misery."



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