Spaniards believe Morocco failing to stop illegals
15 March 2005, MADRID-Nine out of ten Spaniards do not believe Morocco is doing enough to stop illegal immigration to Spain, a new poll has found.
15 March 2005
MADRID-Nine out of ten Spaniards do not believe Morocco is doing enough to stop illegal immigration to Spain, a new poll has found.
The poll, carried out by the Royal Elcano Institute, found 92 percent of those asked, said Morocco was not doing enough to combat this phenomenon.
This was despite a new deal between Spain and Morocco to introduce tougher controls to stop the tide of illegal immigration from the African country to Spain.
Most Spaniards, or 55 percent, also think the general situation with regard to illegal immigration has got worse over the past year.
And nearly two thirds, or 63 percent, of those questioned think the general international position of illegal immigration is not satisfactory, while 29 percent believe it is acceptable.
Asked about Spain’s position among the EU countries, 42 percent think Spain´s standing has not changed.
On the controversial issue of Gibraltar, 74 percent think nothing has changed over the sovereignty of the Rock, to which Spain has traditionally laid claim.
This was despite efforts by the Spanish government to offer an olive branch to citizens of Gibraltar and a deal to cooperate over the use of its airport.
Meanwhile, sixty-two percent of Spaniards were hopeful that in 2005, the troubled relations between Spain and the US would improve.
But 68 percent of Spaniards thought US President George W Bush was a negative force for peace and security in the world.
And three quarters of Spaniards rejected the idea of returning their troops to Iraq.
The biggest threat to Spain was seen to be both ETA and Islamic terrorism, according to 39 percent of those questioned.
And one in two or 48 percent thought it was probable that there would be another terrorist atrocity in Spain this year.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news