Asylum-seekers and inhabitants pose together in Ripabottoni, Molise, Italy / Photo: courtesy of James Eghosa

More than 80,000 applications submitted for residency regularisation in Italy

A total of 80,366 applications for migrant regularisation in Italy have been submitted in the first month of the scheme, which began on 1 June as part of post-COVID-19 relaunch measures. The vast majority of the cases have already been processed. However, the Italian interior ministry said the number of applications is continually growing.

Applications for migrant regularisation have picked up after a slow start initially. After one month, the total number of applications had reached 80,366, out of which nearly 70,000 have been processed. On average, each day employers sent 2,650 applications to the interior ministry’s online system to legalise workers.

The majority of applications thus far have been for domestic workers: According to the second report from the interior ministry on applications to legalise irregular workers, domestics and home carers made up 88% (61,411) of the applications already processed, and 76% (8,116) of those still being processed. The region of Lombardy reported the highest number of applications for domestic workers and home carers, while the region of Campania reportedly has the most farm worker applications.

The main countries of origin for domestic workers and home carers include Morocco at first place, followed by Ukraine and Bangladesh; for farm work, the top countries of origin are Albania, Morocco, and India.

Of a total of 61,411 employers, who filed an application for domestic workers, 45,730 were Italian (roughly 75%). In the farm sector, of 8,310 employers, 7,451 were Italian (90%).

The procedure, which began on 1 June, will end on 15 August.


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