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Morocco and Spain’s ministries express satisfaction following 2019 Huelva strawberries collection campaign

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 At the end of the strawberries picking season in the Spanish province of Huelva, Morocco and Spain report positive feedback for the year 2019. HuffPost Maroc reported.

In a joint statement released on Thursday, Morocco’s Ministry of Labor and the Ministry in Charge of Moroccans Living Abroad, announced along with Spanish Ministry of Labor, Migration and Social Security the engagement of 14,583 people of Moroccan nationality, as part of this process of “regular, orderly and safe migration”. And to qualify the latter as “positive for the countries of origin and destination, but especially for those who participate in this circular migration campaign”.

In figures, this agricultural campaign represents 5 million working days declared during which an average of 91,291 inscriptions to the special agricultural regime were registered with the social security in May 2019, the statement said. And to point out that Spanish workers accounted for 42,979, Community (EU) 21,894 and extra-community 26,418. Moroccans make up more than half of this last category. “The displaced people of Morocco are an indispensable migratory complement considering the hiring volume. People of Spanish or foreign nationality residing in Spain represent the great majority of the agricultural workers of Huelva “, make note the two parts in this release.

Regarding working conditions, which have been the subject of much attention this year, the two governments recall having undertaken a battery of measures for the benefit of Moroccan seasonal workers. There was talk of improvements in the management and monitoring of the campaign, said the two parties stressing having strengthened meetings and the frequency of contacts, “which allowed to set up an appropriate organization allowing the arrival of people who come to work according to a schedule established according to the needs expressed by the sector”.

Improvements in the monitoring and control of working conditions and housing of displaced persons have been put in place on the basis of a priority: “to guarantee equality of treatment in these conditions”.