Italy Migrants Harvest Helpers

Italy Migrants Harvest Helpers

A migrant pauses as he picks potatoes, in Siracusa, Sicily, southern Italy, Thursday, May 7, 2015. Colorful plastic boxes lie evenly spaced on a freshly turned field, ready to be filled with potatoes destined for the plates of diners across Europe. The 14 men lining up to pluck them from the rich soil of eastern Sicily are almost all newcomers to a continent where many eye them with a mix of pity and suspicion. The desperate quests of record numbers of migrants to cross the Mediterranean and reach Europe have been well-documented. But few know that those who make it here often spend years trapped in an immigration limbo where the only way to make money is to do the back-breaking farm labor that locals shun _ but which is critical to feeding the continent. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

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