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Andalusia tries to speed up the repatriation of the 7,200 Moroccan temporary workers trapped in Huelva

The General Directorate for the Coordination of Migration Policies of the Government of Andalusia, together with the Subdelegation of the Government of Huelva, are coordinating the work to facilitate the return to their country of the more than 7,000 Moroccan temporary workers who were employed for Huelva's berry campaign. They are waiting for Morocco to open its borders to be able to return.

On the night of June 9, the Consulate reported that the Moroccan Royal House chartered three planes, which left Malaga the next day, for Moroccan tourists trapped in Andalusia by the pandemic. These could also take some of the temporary workers. However, in just twelve hours, it was only possible to arrange the documentation for seven women and five babies.

Since then, there have been no more flights and Morocco has not set a date for the opening of its borders, although the General Directorate for the Coordination of Migration Policies is in daily contact with both the representatives of the sector and the Consulate and the Subdelegation. The Government has said that these women will be able to go back to their country as soon as Morocco gets in touch with the Government of Spain in order to greenlight their return.

The Andalusian Government has requested an "urgent meeting" with the Minister of Agriculture, Luis Planas, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González Laya, to seek solutions to the "dramatic" situation of these women. The Vice President and Minister of Tourism, Regeneration, Justice and Local Administration, Juan Marín, announced that quick tests and PCR tests will be carried out on these women to ensure that they are not carriers of COVID-19 in order to facilitate their return; a move that the Consul of Morocco in Seville has appreciated.



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