215 foreign workers in tourism now working with Local Councils

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A total of 215 foreign workers who were previously employed in the tourism industry, have been employed with Local Councils.

The information was tabled in Parliament by Local Government Minister José Herrera in a reply to a question by Opposition MP Edwin Vassallo. Vassallo had asked the total number of foreign employees who originally worked in the tourism industry but are currently assisting local councils and are being paid by the central government.

The tourism sector has been one of the worst hit due to the coronavirus pandemic. Since the outbreak of the novel virus in Malta, the airport was closed for a number of months in a bid to curb the spread of virus within the community. Flights resumed in July to a selected list of “safe” countries. However, the industry continues to struggle as the global pandemic rages on.

St Paul’s Bay has the highest amount of foreign workers previously employed in the tourism industry with 45 individuals followed by Marsa with 30 employees. On the other hand, Ħal Safi has only one employee previously working in the tourism sector.

In June, Foreign Affairs Minister Evarist Bartolo had revealed that over 10,000 foreign nationals were repatriated in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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