Spain tells illegal immigrants to leave country

17th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

17 May 2005, MADRID — Spain's Socialist government has told illegal immigrants who were not eligible for its unprecedented amnesty that they must leave the country.

17 May 2005

MADRID — Spain's Socialist government has told illegal immigrants who were not eligible for its unprecedented amnesty that they must leave the country.

Some 700,000 illegal immigrants to Spain, mostly from Latin America and North Africa, applied for the amnesty over the three-month period that ended on 7 May.

Just over 600,000 of them — those who could demonstrate they were in Spain for six months beginning last year and who have work contracts for at least six months — are expected to be 'legalised' in the coming weeks.

But Consuelo Rumi, secretary of state for immigration, emphasised in an interview on Spanish television that those immigrants who do not meet the criteria must leave.

There are thought to be at least several hundred thousand illegal immigrants in Spain.

She told Antena 3 that if those people leave voluntarily, they will not be placed on a list that would impede their return later under other, legal, circumstances.

Those who do not leave voluntarily are subject to deportation.

Rumi said foreigners covered by the amnesty will be able to invoke a 'family reunification' clause to bring nuclear family members to Spain when residence and work permits are renewed after one year.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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