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Italy is regularising seasonal migrants

A deal was reached in Italy at an overnight majority summit on regularising seasonal migrant farm workers but disagreement continued among the government partners.

Workers will be regularised for six months and there will be stringent tests, according to the deal.

The farm hands will only be regularised if their employer makes an application for them, and they will have to prove they have worked in the sector before.

The issue has caused tension within the majority with the centrist Italia Viva (IV) party pushing for regularisation and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) resisting the move.

On Monday the M5s reiterated: "on the topic of seasonal workers we remain strongly opposed to any intervention that looks like an indiscriminate regularisation".

They added: "the accord must not camouflage any amnesty, otherwise we would say no". Nationalist opposition anti-migrant League leader Matteo Salvini has said the League will "take to the streets" if there is a general amnesty for migrant farm workers"