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Italy Opens Applications for Non-EU Agricultural Seasonal Workers: Opportunities for Employment Seekers


In a fraction of a second, the Forli headquarters designated to accept applications for the whole Romagna region received 250 requests from non-EU nationals who are looking to find work related to agriculture in Italy. The applications were received on March 25, which is also called the “click day”.

The country will be accepting 89,050 workers with a six or nine-month visa, which is double the time it was allowed to stay in Italy last year, while applications will receive an answer within 30 days, SchengenVisaInfo reports.

According to Rai News, that is not enough for agricultural companies in the region, which are heavily dependent on manpower. In order to receive the applications and to run a smooth process, there are 15 employees and an IT technician to run the operation centre at the Forli headquarters.

High Demand for Domestic Positions Persists

Applications for domestic work in Italy were at a similar level last year when the number of requests surpassed the number of available jobs in just four minutes.

On December 4, 2023, 11,363 applications were recorded for some 9,500 positions, only within the first four minutes of the click day.

According to Info Migrants, two days earlier, on December 2, 2024, some 50,576 applications were made compared to the 39,030 available quotas.

Italy to Welcome More Than 10,000 Indian Workers in 2024

The Migration and Mobility Agreement between Italy and India will allow some 6,000 non-seasonal Indian nationals to work in Italy, starting in April.

The number of workers from India will change, starting from 8,000 workers in 2023, increasing to 10,000 in 2024 and 12,000 in 2025. In general, the total quota for non-EU workers in India is set at 151,000, which will increase to 165,000 next year.

Trinamool Congress MP Saket Gokhale did not approve of the new agreement, raising concerns about the high unemployment rates in India.

India will send 12,000 non-seasonal workers and 8,000 seasonal workers to Italy every year. The level of unemployment in India is SO BAD under the Modi Govt that we’re now exporting Indian laborers to other countries. 

Trinamool Congress MP Saket Gokhale

Data by the Ministry of External Affairs reveals that there are currently 157,000 non-resident Indians in the country, but 45,000 people of Indian origin live there. Data indicates that over the last two decades, the Indian population in Italy has increased by ten times.

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