Illegal immigrant drive to end black economy

7th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

7 February 2005, MADRID-Spain launched a major drive to grant legal status to an estimated half million illegal immigrants already working in the country, but critics say the most vulnerable will not benefit from the scheme.

7 February 2005

MADRID-Spain launched a major drive to grant legal status to an estimated half million illegal immigrants already working in the country, but critics say the most vulnerable will not benefit from the scheme.

The Socialist government in Madrid has said the programme, which will apply to immigrants who have work contracts and have been in the country for at least six months, is intended to end illegal employment and reduce the black
economy.

Immigrants must provide proof of their registration with a local council from before 8 August last year, proof they have no criminal record and a work contract of six months. Employers have until 7 May to provide the contracts.

But many of the immigrants facing the most difficult situations, such as those from Africa and from countries at war, will not be eligible since few are able to obtain the necessary paperwork proving their identity.

The move comes after Spanish authorities on Saturday picked up 227 people off the Canary Islands, the largest single group of would-be immigrants to reach Spanish waters. Such groups are usually deported once their identities have been
established.

Thousands attempt the perilous voyage to Spain from north and west Africa each year, with dozens paying with their lives.
 
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Subject: Spanish news

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