More foreign workers than Italians out of a job
18% of foreigners unemployed against 11% of Italians29 October, 16:22
"In Italy we have a strong foreign workforce supply but not enough demand", she said, adding that 18% of foreigners are unemployed against 11% of Italians.
In the second quarter of the year, 150,000 more foreign workers were out of a job than in the same period in 2012.
"There is no longer as much demand for workers from abroad, and seasonal work is now being done by the resident workforce", Guerra explained.
While immigrants did not compete with Italians because they used to take less qualified and less attractive positions, unemployment has now hit the industrial and construction sectors, where there is competition, she added.
"More foreigners are now accessing our welfare system and jobless benefits. We have begun to deal with the situation, for example by lengthening residency permits for foreigners who have lost their jobs. These measures can be strengthened", Guerra concluded.