Amnesty brings 600,000 in from black economy

24th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

24 May 2005, MADRID — Spain's Socialist government said its immigrant amnesty would "legalise" about 600,000 foreigners and bring to the surface a large portion of the underground economy.

24 May 2005

MADRID — Spain's Socialist government said its immigrant amnesty would "legalise" about 600,000 foreigners and bring to the surface a large portion of the underground economy.

The secretary-general for employment, Valeriano Gomez, was commenting on the three-month process, completed in early May, for applying for residence and work documents.

Slightly more than 690,000 people, mostly Latin Americans and North Africans, applied for legal status.

Those who can demonstrate they were in Spain for six straight months last year and have an employment contract for another six months will be allowed to stay.

"These people are going to have legal jobs in coming years, and will be new sources of resources for our social security system," Gomez said.

 In general, it's a process that has substantially reduced the size of the underground economy created in recent years."

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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