'Zero tolerance' for employers who ignore law

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23 February 2005, MADRID-Almost 50,000 requests to grant illegal immigrants legal status in Spain were filed 16 days after a major government drive started to end illegal employment and shrink the black economy, the Spanish labour ministry said. Domestic workers made up the biggest section of immigrants who applied for legal status.

23 February 2005

MADRID-Almost 50,000 requests to grant illegal immigrants legal status in Spain were filed 16 days after  a major government drive started to end illegal employment and shrink the black economy, the Spanish labour ministry said.
 
Domestic workers made up the biggest section of immigrants who applied for legal status.

Thirty-seven percent of those who applied worked as cleaners or did some other form of work in the home.

Labour minister Jesus Caldera, who was announcing a drive against employers who failed to comply with new regulations regarding immigrant workers, said he was pleased with the numbers who had applied.

Predictably, Ecuadorians made up the biggest proportion, followed by Colombians then Moroccans.

Nearly two third of applicants came from Madrid, Catalonia and Valencia.

The programme, which applies to immigrants who have work contracts and have been in the country for at least six months, could affect more than half a million illegal immigrants.

The employers of the immigrants must file the requests for legal status. They have until 7 May to do so.

Caldera said there will be a policy of "zero tolerance" towards employers who do not regularise their immigrant workers by the deadline.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news  

 

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