The request was made by farmers, in need of manpower amid the pandemic. More than 250 Moroccan seasonal workers will travel to three French departments on Tuesday to participate in the harvest in the coming months.
A total of 35 seasonal workers will take part in clementine harvests in Haute-Corse, 90 will be sent to Bouches-du-Rhône and 35 to Haute-Corse for various harvests following a “very strict health protocol before, during and after their arrival”. tomorrow (Tuesday), ”Didier Leschi, director of the French Immigration and Integration Office (OFII), in charge of the operation, told AFP.
“There for four to six months”
This is the third operation of its kind planned for Moroccan seasonal workers since the start of the Covid-19 health crisis, which has caused the closure of the European Union’s external borders since 2020, while the workforce he work originating in the Maghreb represents an essential part of the seasonal workers in France.
These 260 Moroccans underwent a PCR test in the offices of the OFII in Casablanca, they will undergo an antigen test at the arrival airport in France and then a “self-containment of seven days at the employer’s place, before a new test” , detailed the boss of OFII. “They will be there for four to six months,” at the request of the farmers, he said.