Xenophobia up as Spaniards fear new immigrants

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3 January 2005, MADRID-Xenophobia has expanded alarmingly across Spain in the last eight years, according to a study.

3 January 2005

MADRID-Xenophobia has expanded alarmingly across Spain in the last eight years, according to a study.

The report shows the number of people expressing adverse feelings toward immigrants grew eight percent between 1996 and 2004.

Based on a series of interviews by a team led by María Ángeles Cea, a sociologist at Madrid's Complutense University, the study found that 32 percent of the Spanish population have an unfavourable view of immigrants and that this percentage has grown in line with the increase in Spain's immigrant population over recent years.

The study points to xenophobia being most widespread among less-educated and older members of the population, as well as people who describe themselves as conservatives and practicing Catholics.

In addition to the traditional arguments - such as fears of unemployment and lower salaries because of foreign workers - a large number of people in the study also attributed crime and social problems to the immigrant community.

Xenophobic feelings were most intense in areas of dense and fast-growing immigration populations.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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