Freshuelva has celebrated the decision of the Council of Ministers to greenlight the signing of the agreement between Spain and Honduras on the regulation and management of labor migration flows between the two countries. The Huelva-based association had already requested this at the end of last season in the Central Commission on Migratory Flows, of which it is part.
Since early 2020, the Honduran authorities had asked Spain on several occasions for the chance to participate in the collective hiring at source program implemented by the General Directorate of Migration of the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration.
After evaluating the proposal, the Spanish authorities decided to meet Honduras' request, agreeing to the adoption of an international agreement between the two countries on migratory flows.
The purpose of the agreement is to regulate migratory labor flows between the two countries, promote cooperation and friendship between the two countries and prevent irregular immigration.
Freshuelva thus strives for the development of a pilot program within the framework of this agreement, similar to that already developed with other countries. This will allow the arrival of Honduran laborers hired at source to work of the province's red fruit campaign.
A request already made by UPA Huelva
Last July 2020, UPA Huelva asked the Directorate General of Migration of the Government of Spain to study the possibility of extending the recruitment procedure at source to new countries, including Honduras. This request was ratified at the 4th Congress of UPA Huelva on September 10, which was attended by Santiago Yerga, Director General of Migration.
Just as with other similar agreements, the organization, like Freshuelva, foresees that Honduras' participation will begin with a pilot test in the 2021-2022 campaign. In fact, UPA Huelva has planned to tell the Directorate General of Migration about its willingness to start coordinating it.
UPA Huelva has already designed a mechanism to collect the opinion of agricultural producers on this issue. They will also be able to report their needs for workers through a web form freely available to be disseminated through the entity's social media channels.
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