Italy is short on healthcare workers, but its jobs are closed to most immigrants

Italy is short on healthcare workers, but its jobs are closed to most immigrants
Annalisa Merelli

Italy is fighting its second wave of Covid-19, and it’s worse than the first. For years, the country has faced a shortage of healthcare workers (link in Italian), and the pandemic is making the situation worse. According to the unions representing healthcare workers, the Covid-19 emergency has left the country with a shortage of as many as 73,000 health workers.