'Green' farm-worker corridor between Morocco and Italy

248 people coming back to work on farms in Fucino and Veneto

20 May, 20:31

    PESCARA - The first green corridor for the return of farm workers from Morocco to Italy has been opened, said the Italian embassy in Rabat.

    It said Moroccan authorities have authorised two charter flights - organised by the L'Aquila branch of Italian agriculture association Confagricoltura and paid for by employers - for the transfer of workers from Morocco employed by farms in the Fucino plain.

    Alba Star airlines obtained authorisation for the flights for May 21 and 22, with departure set for 1 pm (3 pm in Italy) and arrival expected at 6 pm at the Abruzzo airport in Pescara.

    Each flight will transport 124 passengers, for a total of 248 workers requested by 40 farms in the Fucino, as well as a farm in the province of Vicenza.

    In order to respect regulations on social distancing, the workers will be transferred from Pescara with four coaches directly to their housing, where they will undergo a 14-day quarantine prior to restarting work at their respective farms.

    "We must thank the Italian embassy in Rabat, and in particular Matteo Romitelli, who handled diplomatic relations with the Moroccan authorities, keeping in daily contact with our office, with the agency that handled organising the charter flights, and with Alba Star airlines," said Stefano Fabrizi of Confagricoltura L'Aquila.

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