Italy to hire 6,000 more migrant workers, more than last year
La Repubblica (LNA) – The Italian football federation has confirmed it is planning to hire more than 6,500 new migrant workers.
La Repubbliacana (LR) reports that the Italian Football Federation (FIG) is in talks with the country’s Department of Immigration and Border Control (DIB) on a “more ambitious plan” for migrants.
It is understood that the recruitment of additional migrants will be part of a strategy to create a more stable workforce, which has been hampered by a lack of skilled workers.
Last week, Italian media reported that the FIG is considering bringing in migrants from Morocco, Iraq, Bangladesh and Eritrea, adding to the already large number of people already in the country.
According to the LR, the number of migrants entering the country from the Middle East has risen sharply in recent years, with some 400,000 migrants arriving in Italy in the first seven months of 2017.
However, many of those arriving are being housed in temporary accommodation, while others end up on the continent.
This has led to concerns that the migrant crisis could cause a massive rise in the number who enter Italy from the continent, with migrants from the region claiming to be the biggest source of migrants in the EU.
The LR also reports that, with the DIB also preparing to open an office in Milan, a decision is likely to be taken to hire an additional 2,000 new migrant security officers.
The agency said the new staff would be recruited in a “workplace-based” style, with “a focus on the provision of technical support for migrant security and migrant security staff”.
In addition, the FIG will be able to recruit a further 300 security staff over the coming months.
The report also cites a “significant increase” in the demand for migrant jobs in Italy, with employers wanting to employ up to 600 people for the construction sector, and to fill the gap left by the migrant workers who have left the country due to the crisis.