A Nigerian Community leader in the Veneto region of Italy, the hotbed of far right politics, told AfroLife that the awareness is high, especially among the newly arrived into the country. “We’ve been going about telling our people to make sure they apply because this opportunity may never come for a long time.”
The Italian Interior Ministry said of the applications so far received, some 11,101 are being processed. The process has been open since June 1 and will end on August 15. Domestic caregivers and cleaners make up the bulk of applications that had been received by the Ministry.
An average of 3,000 applications were received by the Ministry every day between July 1 and July 15, with the Lombardy Region seeing the highest number of caregivers and cleaners while Campania Region has the highest number of agricultural workers.
Most of those requesting permits as cleaners or caregivers are from Europe and Africa while Asians have the largest number of those requesting permits as agricultural workers. The vast majority of employers requesting resident permits for their employees are Italians.