Job opportunities for migrant workers in Italy

The second “Click Day” kicked off in Italy on Tuesday, during which Italian employers can submit online applications to hire foreign seasonal workers in the agriculture and tourism/hospitality sectors. Employers can apply until March 17.

A total of 42,000 positions are open to foreign workers, in accordance with the latest quota decree issued by the Italian Ministry of the Interior. Applications can be submitted by employers with an SPID profile for access to online public administration tools, via the website: https://nullaostalavoro.dlci.interno.it

Eligible countries

Non-EU seasonal employees who are citizens of the following countries can be hired for seasonal work under this program: Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Korea (Republic of Korea), Ivory Coast, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Philippines, Gambia, Ghana, Japan, Guatemala, India, Kosovo, Mali, Morocco, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Republic of North Macedonia, Senegal, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tunisia and Ukraine.

As part of the 42,000 set, a total of 1,000 places are reserved for non-EU workers from the above countries who have already entered Italy at least once in the previous five years to carry out seasonal work. For these particular workers, the employer must apply for a multi-year seasonal work permit.

Agricultural workers

An additional quota of 14,000 is reserved for non-EU workers in the agricultural sector. Their requests for authorization to enter Italy for seasonal work, including for several years, must be presented by the professional organizations of employers of CIA, Coldiretti, Confagricoltura, Copagri, and the Alliance of Cooperatives (Lega cooperative and Confcooperative ).

The procedure begins when an Italian or foreign employer legally residing in Italy applies for a permit to hire a non-EU worker. Applications can be submitted until March 17. They will be processed by the immigration offices according to the chronological order of their filing.

During the online “click days”, the only applications that can be submitted are for the specific types of workers included in the decree of the Ministry of the Interior.

Importance of migrant workers

The Farmers’ Association Coldiretti said that in a sector which still remains heavily dependent on the contribution of foreign workers, despite the growing interest of Italians, it is important to allow the entry of non-European workers into Italy to save the harvests and securing food supplies amid rising COVID infections.

He said many foreign seasonal workers will be employed in agriculture, where 90% of all employees are temporary.

February 1 marked the second “Click Day” this year. The previous one took place on January 27 during a campaign to recruit non-seasonal workers and self-employed workers. This was part of the overall quota for 2022 which covers nearly 70,000 workers in total.

“With the full resumption of agricultural activities, it is easy to imagine an increase in the lack of necessary workers in the fields at a time when the COVID pandemic has opened up a scenario of uncertainty, hoarding and speculation that pushes States individuals to race for essentials such as energy and food,” a Coldiretti spokesperson said.