The Moroccan government has authorized the repatriation of 170 female seasonal workers stranded in Spain’s Huelva due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. The women joined Huelva farms earlier this year under a work contract to collect red fruit. The women seek to come back home urgently due to several circumstances such as illness, death of a family member, an advanced state of pregnancy, or having given birth in Spain in recent weeks.
A clear dialogue between Spain and Moroccan consulates led to a cooperation agreement for the repatriation of the female seasonal workers. The repatriation operation is set to take place on Wednesday. A ferry from Algeciras is set to return the seasonal workers to Tangier-Med. The women will undergo a PCR test and will spend a ten-day quarantine in a hotel before joining their families, as part of preventive measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.
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