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Spain : Thousands of Moroccan workers unable to return home despite special opening of borders

Moroccan workers in Spain want to return to the Kingdom after the end of the harvest. / DR
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Desperate and with limited resources, Moroccan seasonal workers stranded in Huelva said that they want to go home but they cannot afford it.

Speaking to Spanish newspapers El Pais and Huelva24, these women, who were brought to Spain as part of a partnership with Morocco, were left unemployed and unable to return to the Kingdom shortly after the start of the pandemic.

«I came here to pick strawberries, but the season is over and I can't go back to Morocco. My family needs me and the money I saved for them, which I need to spend on food while stranded in Spain», Fatna, a 46-year-old Moroccan seasonal worker and a mother of 6 children, said.

40 of these workers have managed to find other jobs in other farms in the region while waiting for the borders to completely open in order to return home, this is not the case for thousands others.

Spanish media recalls that 7,100 women who arrived from Morocco in January to pick fruits in Huelva can only return to Morocco for the moment by plane, which is an expensive option that they cannot afford.

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