Morocco, Spain Determined to Improve Recruitment Process of Moroccan Seasonal Female Workers (Statement)

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Morocco and Spain have expressed their determination to improve the recruitment process of Moroccan seasonal female workers, in order to create the appropriate conditions for the success of this migration.

During talks between minister of Employment and Professional Integration, Mohamed Yatim, and Spain’s ambassador in Morocco, Ricardo Diez-Hochleitner Rodriguez, the two parties highlighted the success of the recruitment process for the 2018 agricultural season in terms of quantity and quality, said a statement by the ministry of Employment.

The meeting was also an opportunity to stress the importance of setting up a support mechanism for the Moroccan farm workers in Spain throughout the agricultural season.

Regarding the ill-treatment and harassment endured by certain Moroccan women working in the Spanish farms, the same source said that information gathered from the various sources and official parties shows that cases of harassment remain very isolated and that this type of abuse includes female agricultural workers of different nationalities.

The ministry pointed out that the Spanish Guard has interviewed 800 Moroccan women and that investigations have revealed 12 cases of attempted harassment by 7 perpetrators (4 Moroccans and 3 Spaniards). Two individuals were arrested and released pending the closure of the proceedings, while the others are still under investigation.

The ministry has called on all Moroccan female workers in Spain “to denounce any harassment or ill-treatment faced by them for immediate action”.

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