Andalusia is one of the main horticultural regions in Europe, especially the area of Huelva and Almeria, where intensive production of products such as raspberries and other types of red fruits are grown most of the time.
For more than 25 years, this has attracted a large number of seasonal workers, mainly sub-Saharans and Moroccans seeking a better future for themselves and their families. These people are mostly «nomads», moving from one town to another in the territory depending on the fruit-growing season they are in.
Because many do not have legal papers and because access to housing is really difficult in the area, they are forced to live in shantytowns where conditions are totally contrary to the most basic human rights.
The vast majority of these shantytowns have extremely unsanitary conditions and a lack of resources, to the point that they are very vulnerable to climatic adversities and very often floods or fires end up destroying what little they have.
Even so, the institutions seem to be opening their eyes more and more to the injustice of these forgotten people. A few months ago, the European Parliament’s Committee on Petitions presented a petition to the European Commission, promoted by IU and several NGOs in the region, which has decided to investigate the situation in the area and the violation of the most basic human rights of these people.