According to Região de Turismo do Algarve (RTA), a trip to Morocco will come to an end on Saturday and will then be followed by a visit to Cape Verde, between 12 and 15 July.

These visits are intended to “promote good management of labour migration and a quick response to the hiring of human resources for the tourism sector in the Algarve”.

Algarve Tourism, which is associated with the International Organization for Migration (IOM Portugal) in this project, underlined that the initiative has “as its main objective the development of labour migration programmes” in order to be able to “quickly respond to the demand for labour” and qualified workers for sectors where there is a greater need (tourism and agriculture)”.

In this way, “the needs of employers and the creation of safe paths for the migration of possible foreign workers” are ensured.

“The lack of manpower is currently the main difficulty for Algarve tourism and, with these actions with the seal of IOM Portugal, we hope to open the doors to mitigate different problems in terms of recruitment”, said the president of RTA, João Fernandes.

He added that this work guarantees the “regulation of mobility agreements that ensure good opportunities for migrant workers and that certify respect for human rights”.

In addition, it mitigates against “the risk of labour exploitation and exposure to human trafficking risks,” he added.

“The visit to Morocco and Cape Verde follows an information session already held at the beginning of the year as part of the project 'Promotion of Good Management of Labour Migration to Portugal', co-financed by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (FAMI) of the European Union”, added the RTA.