Disappointing start to immigration drive

8th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

Disappointing start to immigration drive

Disappointing start to immigration drive

8 February 2005

MADRID-Only 1,500 requests to grant illegal immigrants legal status in Spain were filed on the first day of a major government drive to end illegal employment and shrink the black economy, the Spanish labour ministry said.
The number of applications "was less than had been expected," even though
no specific number had been predicted, a ministry official said.

The programme, which applies to immmigrants who have work contracts and have
been in the country for at least six months, could affect more than half a
million illegal immigrants.

The employers of the immigrants must file the requests for legal status.
They have until 7 May to do so.

The vice president of the Socialist government, Maria Teresa Fernandez de
la Vega, hailed the spirt of "responsibility" that prevailed, in her view, among businessss and unions for kicking off the three-month procedure.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news  

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