How is Spain tacking current unemployment problem?

A recent Spanish government poll on the labour market situation in Spain with 60,000 respondents across the country has shown that unemployment has risen to 17% in the general population but to 27% among foreigners. In terms of policies developed to respond to the situation, legal channels are being restricted: the labour market sectors in which foreign workers can be invited to work have been drastically reduced compared to last year. The proposed reform of the law on Foreigners restricts the right to family reunification: while presently people with a 2-year legal stay can bring in their families including their parents, a 5-year legal stay will be required for the parents to join.
Moreover, the Spanish Ministry of Labour has introduced a scheme encouraging legal migrants to go back by paying them in two installments (first part paid in Spain, second part received at the country of origin) the unemployment allowance that they would receive if staying in Spain. Migrants who participate in this scheme undertake not to go back to Spain for the next three years. By January 2009, fewer than 1,000 migrants had opted for that scheme while current press reports put them at less than 3,000, not an impressive count considering that Spain has more than 4 million immigrants in total. According to recent evidence from qualitative research, new irregular migrants still arrive in Spain seeking for employment prospects in the underground economy.

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One thought on “How is Spain tacking current unemployment problem?

  1. I’m very suprised by the tools used by the Spanish government to get the foreign labour out of their country,. I suppose it is necessary to protect your own inhabitants from staying out of work, but I suppose they don’t mind having their own inhabitants working somewhere else, where they ‘take’ the jobs of the countries own inhabitants =S

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