Spain to boost budget on immigration integration

4th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

4 October 2007, MADRID -(AFP) - The Spanish government will next year spend nearly 321 million euros (455 million dollars) on immigration, a 2.2 percent year-on-year increase, Labour Minister Jesus Caldera said Wednesday.

4 October 2007

MADRID -(AFP) - The Spanish government will next year spend nearly 321 million euros (455 million dollars) on immigration, a 2.2 percent year-on-year increase, Labour Minister Jesus Caldera said Wednesday.

The bulk of the funds, 312.51 million euros, will go towards the integration of immigrants while the remaining 8.48 million euros will be spent on eforts to control the flux of migrants, he told parliament.

Traditionally a nation that sent immigrants abroad -- a lengthy economic expansion has reversed the flow -- while entry into the European Union in 1986 has made it easier for northern European sunseekers to move to the country.

The number of immigrants living in Spain soared from around half a million in 1996 to 4.48 million as of the end of last year out of a total population of 45.12 million people, according to national statistics institute INE figures.

Immigration regularly appears in opinion polls as the Spaniard's greatest concern alongside terrorism, unemployment and the rising cost of living.


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