Zapatero promises crackdown on illegal migrants

7th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

7 September 2006, MADRID — Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said Spain does not and will not accept illegal migration, it was reported on Thursday.

7 September 2006

MADRID — Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said Spain does not and will not accept illegal migration, it was reported on Thursday.

Speaking to a meeting of Spanish ambassadors, the prime minister described it as "fraud (against legal) immigrants, workers and the rules of coexistence".

Zapatero said that Spain has become a magnet for illegal immigrants and "will continue to be".

Solving the problem, in his opinion, requires a series of short- and long-term actions and initiatives that are dependent in large part on steps taken abroad and on the work of the network of diplomatic missions.

The prime minister said it should be assumed that the immigration question "unmistakably" has a European-wide dimension and that, therefore, the European Union should ensure that this matter becomes a top policy priority.

He added: "Legality, the labour market and coexistence are the only parameters under which a policy regarding the immigration phenomenon should considered."

More than 22,000 illegal immigrants from Africa have arrived in the Canary Islands this year, breaking all records.

To make the trip, illegal immigrants crowd into small boats that take to the sea - almost always at night - and not infrequently sink due to the excess weight on board.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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