Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Spain has no more jobs, stay home black people!

Spain: Considering that Spain's economy has grown because of immigrants and illegals who got amnesty last year, this seems a bit sudden. Not that I would imply racism is involved.

In an interview published in today's El Pais, PSOE Organisation secretary, José Blanco, states that the labour market cannot absorb any more illegal immigrants, and so the immense majority "will have to be deported." Mr Blanco went on to confirm that the massive increase in the number of migrants entering Spain this year will not lead to a new regularisation campaign, saying that "the line must be drawn somewhere." Pointing out that "everyone in Spain" knows that migrant labour is "necessary" and that it has contributed to economic growth, which leads him to believe there is not a long term problem, Mr Blanco did admit that it was worrying for the public to see boatloads of new arrivals almost every day.
More details.
The conservative opposition accuses Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's government of encouraging illegal immigration by allowing large numbers of migrants to legalize their situation after staying in Spain for a while. About 1.2 million immigrants have obtained residence permits in eight massive amnesties over the past two decades. Around 700,000 of the migrants were legalized by Socialist governments. Socialist leaders have rejected the conservatives' request of a law against new amnesties, but have also said that the government would not stage any more mass legalization procedures. "Anyone who comes irregularly must know that he will have to leave," said Jose Blanco, organizational secretary of the Socialist Party. Illegals "will leave sooner or later," Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega stressed Tuesday. The arrival of some 23,000 Africans to the Canary Islands this year has sparked criticism against the government, which faces accusations of having created a "call effect" by legalizing nearly 600,000 illegals last year. Blanco said the Spanish labour market could not absorb any more immigrants, but employers' and labour organizations disagreed. Spain needed more immigrants to do jobs that Spaniards were not interested in, though they should come legally, said Julio Ruiz of the labour confederation CCOO.

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