More than 10,000 Moroccan women go strawberry picking in South Spain

About 13,000 Moroccan women, mainly from rural areas, are signing up this week in five cities in Morocco with the hope of seasonal work in Huelva, southern Spain.

The selection, coordinated by the Spanish and Moroccan authorities, developed simultaneously in five cities of the Kingdom, namely Oujda, Agadir, Meknes, Marrakech and Mechra Belksiri, reports the Spanish News Agency .

A total of 13,000 candidates were pre-selected by the Moroccan national employment agency ANAPEC. The remaining candidates will now conduct interviews with Spanish officials in the five cities to get final approval. At the end will 10,914 women are selected.

About five months long will the selected women live in a country unknown to many, they are separated from their children and perform physical labor with only one goal: to earn money to help their families. The women earn 40 euros for a working day of six and a half hours.

To ensure that the women at the end of the strawberry season go back to Morocco, the selected women are married and have children under the age of 14.

Once they are selected, these women are transported by bus to Tangier, the Straits of Gibraltar with the ferry and then be transferred to their final destination.

These women go back to Morocco in July 2018, at the end of the strawberry season.