An agreement reached between Morocco, the Andalusian Regional Government and entrepreneurs from Huelva's strawberry sector will allow the return of the more than 7,000 Moroccan seasonal workers who were stuck in Huelva. They had been unable to leave after the end of the berry campaign in the province due to the closure of the Moroccan border with Spain.
Thanks to the negotiations carried out by the three parties, the first 1,200 women have already arrived in Morocco on a ship that departed from the Port of Huelva on Saturday 18.
The commitment of the Andalusian Government to carry out a COVID-19 screening test on all seasonal workers has been essential for Morocco to accept their return. The Council of Health and Families has already organized the operation that is allowing approximately 800 tests to be carried out daily in various municipalities of the province. The first workers to obtain the results have also been the first to travel on Saturday.
The details of the return process were agreed at an emergency meeting held between Freshuelva, Asaja-Huelva and Cooperativas Agro-alimentarias, which also arranged the documentation for the workers.
The ships that will carry the seasonal workers from the port of Huelva have been chartered by the Government of Morocco, with a trip taking place every 48 hours, in order to allow time for all the coronavirus tests to be carried out.