Spanish families to get EUR2,500 per new child
4 July 2007, MADRID - Spain's Prime Minister announced financial assistance worth EUR 2,500 to Spanish families for each new child.
4 July 2007
MADRID - Spain's Prime Minister announced financial assistance worth EUR 2,500 to Spanish families for each new child.
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said in his state of the nation address that Spain "needs more families with more children" to continue on its current path of sustained economic growth.
Spain's population has topped 45 million and annual births reached 480,000 last year, with immigrant mothers responsible for 16.46 percent of the total. Sixteen percent of the population _ 7.3 million Spaniards _ is aged over 65 years.
In 2006, the National Statistics Institute recorded a birth rate of 1.37 children for each woman in Spain.
Labor Minister Jesus Caldera said the 2,500 subsidy would extend to families who are adopting children, and foster parents.
[Copyright AP with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news