Deal reached on regularising migrant farm workers in Italy

A deal was reached at an overnight ruling majority summit on regularising migrant farm workers, ANSA reported. Workers will be regularised for six months and there will be stringent tests, according to the deal.

The farm hands will only be regularised if their employer makes an application for them, and they will have to prove they have worked in the sector before.

The issue has caused tension within the majority with the centrist Italia Viva (IV) party pushing for regularisation and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) resisting the move.

Nationalist opposition anti-migrant League leader Matteo Salvini has said the League will "take to the streets" if there is a general amnesty for migrant farm workers.

Italy's Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) shows that there are up to 600,000 undocumented migrants in the country.



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