Immigration task force requested – The Portugal News

The President of the Bar Association demanded government intervention to solve the “very complex” problems caused by “little uncontrolled” immigration in the municipalities of Odemira and Aljezur.

“We believe that the state must intervene”, because “the municipal councils are making a very valid effort”, but “this requires intervention at the level of central power”, Luís Menezes Leitão told reporters in Odemira, while underlining the need for a government task force.

The official was speaking after a delegation from the Bar Association (OA) met with the mayors of Odemira, Hélder Guerreiro and Aljezur, José Manuel Gonçalves.

During the meeting, an assessment was made of the situation and human rights needs of immigrant agricultural workers in these municipalities.

According to the president of the OA, the mayors shared the “very complex problems caused by the somewhat uncontrolled immigration situation that exists” in the two municipalities, in particular in Odemira.

The situation is due “precisely” to “the fact that there is not the necessary support” on the part of the government for “the creation of housing infrastructures necessary for the reception of immigrants” and for “the control of work,” he said.

Human rights

Almost a year ago, the high number of cases of infection with the virus that causes Covid-19 disease among agricultural workers in Odemira Municipality, especially foreigners, caused the country to attract l attention to the abuse of work and the poor living conditions of these migrants. .

The epidemiological situation led the government to decree a sanitary fence in two parishes of the municipality – São Teotónio and Longueira/Almograve -, on April 29, in an attempt to stop the contagions.

At the time, Prime Minister António Costa warned of the “unacceptable housing” situation in the territory, which he considered “a flagrant violation of human rights”.

The President pointed out that “immigration is very mobile” and that there is a “constant change” of immigrants in the municipalities of Odemira and Aljezur and, therefore, “there is no control on the working, housing and human conditions” in which they live and work.

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