Migrants surviving in Italy by harvesting oranges

Migrants harvesting oranges in Italy for work
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Migrants surviving in Italy by harvesting oranges

In 2015, during the height of the global migrant crisis, the shores of Italy saw more than 150,000 refugee arrivals. However, unlike many other European countries that are facing an influx of refugees from Syria, Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries, most of the arrivals to Italy came from Africa.

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Many of these migrants settle in Calabria, a region on Italy's southern tip, where they find work as orange harvesters. The wages are scant and the living conditions are poor, but this work -- provided by Calibrian famers -- helps to prevent the migrants from being exploited. Some of the workers take shelter in old farmhouses or factories with limited access to electricity and water, while roughly 1,200 of them have made makeshift homes in the tent city of San Ferdinando.

Click through the slideshow above for a look inside the lives of Italy's migrant workers.

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