Most Spaniards think immigrants keep pay low
21 March 2006, MADRID — Nearly two thirds of Spaniards think immigrants do not put them out of work, but over half think they help to reduce salaries, a survey has found.
21 March 2006
MADRID — Nearly two thirds of Spaniards think immigrants do not put them out of work, but over half think they help to reduce salaries, a survey has found.
The survey found 62 percent believed immigrants did not stop Spaniards from getting jobs.
But 59 percent said they thought the lower salaries often accepted by immigrants lowered pay overall in Spain.
The survey, carried out by the Institute of Advanced Social Studies of Andalusía, found 65 percent of those asked "valued people from other races, religions, and cultures".
Two out of three said they thought it "unacceptable" to exclude someone from college or school on the grounds of wearing the veil, as has been the case in France.
There was also broad support for immigrants being granted the same social and residence rights.
Eighty-five percent said they should be allowed to bring their families from their countries of origin and 91 percent agreed they should be allowed to claim unemployment benefits.
Sixty-seven percent of the 2,400 people surveyed by telephone said they thought racist violence between immigrants and Spaniards was rare.
Consuelo Rumi, secretary of state for immigration, said the results were "very positive".
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news