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06 May 2020A global reflection starts from Caritas Internationalis on the harmful effects that the Coronavirus pandemic is having on the least, on the marginalized. "If we don't act immediately, the consequences of the coronavirus will kill more people than the pandemic itself." It is the appeal launched by Caritas Internationalis which underlines: "The consequences of the pandemic are proving to be even more dangerous and deadly than the impact of the virus itself, especially for the most vulnerable communities living in the poorest countries. At risk there are 230 million people in the world. " And this reflection fits right into the height of the political discussion underway in Italy on the need to regularize undeclared workers especially in the agricultural sector. Those most exposed to underworld and exploitation risk and during this period also the most exposed to Covid-19 risk.

The position taken by Caritas Italiana
"A regularization of all foreign workers in the immediate future would be desirable. But also starting from agriculture and domestic collaboration, and then ending in the autumn with the rest of the undeclared would still be a highly civilized operation, which our country needs enormously ". So Oliviero Forti, head of the Italian Caritas immigration area, comments to Sir on the debate on the regularization of about 600,000 irregular foreign workers to be included in the "May Decree" which could be approved by the Council of Ministers this week. In the intentions of the interior minister of Lamorgese, the priority is agricultural laborers (around 200 thousand) and domestic workers and carers.

Support measures are needed
"Given the situation complicated by the coronavirus - explains Forti interviewed by the Religious Information Service (Sir) - we ask to allow at least those involved in agriculture to regularize their position. This can benefit the food supply chain and start a process that is better understood by public opinion ". "It is clear - he specifies - that we will not abandon the idea of ​​a regularization on a larger scale, which however requires the involvement of other actors in terms of orientation, training, accompaniment for practices. Because the regularization procedure does not take place in a A number of supporting measures are also needed, starting from the overcoming of the ghettos. Regularization would be only a first step in a series of actions that will have to be taken to fix a sector left to itself, such as territorial housing policies and other support to give these people a 360 ° dignity. Creating the conditions for a wide-ranging confrontation would really be a restart on the right foot ".

The effect would be to break down crime and exploitation
"Clearing the irregularity in our country means giving security to everyone", continues Forti: "It would be a nice contribution to combat crime and other forms of exploitation and abuse because we know that crime moves always in the murky. Until we guarantee transparency, security and regularity, crime dominates ". Even the figure of the corporal, notes the Caritas representative, "will not completely disappear because it is a strongly rooted figure in certain contexts, but it will be much less important and conditioning than the life of these people. Because those who do not have contractual powers cannot claim the your rights. "