August 5, 2020

Virus highlights plight of Europe’s migrant farm hands

Paris (AFP) – From Romania, Poland, Morocco and Thailand, thousands of people flock to Western Europe each year to help farmers harvest precious crops, often paid low wages for long, backbreaking days of work.The migrant labourers’ often poor work conditions are a point of recurring controversy, but the coronavirus outbreak has thrown their plight into stark relief with the added risk of contagion in overcrowded, unsanitary living quarters.Several outbreak clusters were reported among workers — with 174 infections on a farm in Bavaria in Germany, 250 on another in Aragon, Spain, and 170 in Pr…


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