16 foreign agricultural labourers killed in two crashes in Italy

Sixteen foreign agricultural workers died in two separate crashes within the space of 48 hours in southern Italy. Both crashes took place near the city of Foggia in the Puglia region, with 12 people killed last night.

On weekend, four African farm workers were killed and four others seriously injured. Every summer thousands of labourers from around Europe and Africa work in the area picking tomatoes under the blazing sun.

Their pay is as low as one euro for picking 100kg of tomatoes.

Conditions are very precarious for thousands of African migrants in Italy, where the populist government is trying to stop people-smuggling gangs sending more boatloads from Libya.

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