Italy: Quota for migrant workers to be allowed into Italy issued

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On 20 November 2010, the Italian government issued the quotas for the entry of non-seasonal migrant workers in 2010. It lists the number of available places, the nationalities that will have preferential treatment in the form of entries reserved exclusively for them as a result of agreements stipulated with Italy regarding combating illegal immigration into Italy, or which are due to be stipulated.

The last quotas to be issued were those for 2008, which set a limit of 150,000 third-country nationals. In April 2010, a decree by the President of the Council of Ministers set a quota of 4,000 self-employed workers who are third-country nationals living abroad and 2,000 third-country nationals who have completed professional training or educational programmes in association with Italian official bodies or businesses or international organisations in their countries of origin for the purpose of later seeking to move to Italy to find employment, in advance of the publication of the overall quotas for non-seasonal workers for 2010.

Other priorities that are taken into account include the "needs of families", a reference to domestic workers such as cleaners and carers for the elderly.

The overall figure is 98,080 people to be allowed entry into Italy as employees, 86,080 of which are for new arrivals, whereas 12,000 concern the conversion of permits issues for other purposes (such as studies or seasonal employment) into work permits.

The breakdown is as follows:

52,080 places will be reserved for citizens of countries that have stipulated or are in the process of striking cooperation agreements in the field of immigration with Italy:

4,500 Albanians, 1,000 Algerians, 2,400 Bangladeshis, 8,000 Egyptians, 4,000 Filipinos, 2,000 Ghanaians, 4,500 Moroccans, 5,200 Moldovans, 1,500 Nigerians, 1,000 Pakistanis, 2,000 Senegalese, 80 Somalis, 3,500 Sri Lankans, 4,000 Tunisians, 1.800 Indians, 1,800 Peruvians, 1,800 Ukrainians, 1,000 Nigeriens, 1,000 Gambians, and 1,000 from other third countries which stipulate agreements for the purpose of regulating entry flows and readmission procedures.
30,000 people from other countries will be allowed entry for non-seasonal work as employees in the fields of domestic help and as carers.

The quota will also allow the conversion into non-seasonal work permits of 3,000 residence permits issues for educational purposes, 3,000 permits issued for work experience and/or training, 4,000 residence permits for seasonal work, and 1,000 EC residence permits issued by other EU member states.

4,000 people who have completed training or educational programmes in their countries of origin (see above) will be allowed entry for employment purposes, 500 places will be reserved for people of Italian descent (dating back to up to three generations ago) from Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela and Brazil who ask to be included in the relevant lists in Italian diplomatic or consular offices in these countries.

It will be possible to submit applications via the Internet on 31 January 2011, referred to as "click day" by the interior ministry. Melting Pot (see below) has set up a special section in its website providing all the relevant official documentation and forms that are required.


Decreto programmazione di flussi migratori per lavoratori stranieri non stagionali, 20.11.2010
Dossier to help file applications (by Melting Pot): Speciale flussi 2010/2011

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