The situation of Spanish imnmigration is each day worsening. Acording to the numbers given by the State Secretary of Inmigration:
At May 2nd 2006 691.655 appliances were received for obtaining a legal documentation, of which we have resolved favourably 577.049. As at the beginning of this process, Febrary 7th 2005, the census indicated that in Spain there were circa 1.350.000 illegal foreigners, the quantity of illegals now is near 770.000. We would have to add the illegals which are not even shown in the census, that, according with NGO's are between 100.000 and 150.000 people.
According to the National Statistics Institute, from January to March, all of the jobs that Spanish Economy generated were for immigrants.
For me this is partly good: if they work, they are contributing to Spanish economy and are not driven to crime. Of course, the problem is that, if only the immigrants are given jobs, is it because Spanish people are not prepared enough? Or is it because the quality of employment has lowered recently?
But Spain is losing international market share since 2000. So how much time this situation will be sustainable?
Of course, nobody can speak about the relation beteween the lack of legal employment among the illegals and crime. If you do, you are just considered a racist, even if the 73% of all the criminals who were imprisoned during 2005 were foreigners and the number of foreigners in prison have grown a 126%. "All the penitentiary institutions have doubled or even tripled their ocupation and there is only 1 civil servant for each 150 imprisoned", says José Ramón López, the president of ACAIP, the first union of prison's civil servants.
Zapatero said in the Debate of the State of the Nation about inmigration that:
is a very recent phenomenon that is viewed in Spain with a high intensity. Spain has been a country of emigrants, That is why we know it. And we have to offer the same treatement as we were given when we were out of our frontiers.
What is stricking of this is that Spanish who went to work in Germany in the 60's were made a very exhaustive medical exam and, if they had even the least medical defect (bad teeth, for example) they were rejected, even having a job contract signed.
Even the left-biased BBC writes:
Police on the border between France and Spain have taken in hundreds of illegal immigrants for questioning as they try to take advantage of a Spanish amnesty.
The amnesty allowing illegal immigrants working in Spain to obtain permanent resident status was launched on 7 February and runs until 7 May.
It only applies to illegal immigrants who have lived in Spain since last August and hold a work contract there.
But it has encouraged young men to try to enter Spain from further afield.
French border police say most of those detained are from Pakistan and India.
Illegal immigrants are arriving from Paris, Germany and even Italy in the hope of obtaining Spanish residence permits so they can remain in Europe.
The Government of course, is denying any calling effect because of these policies. And public opinion is worried about Canary Island illegals but not about the people who are crossing Spanish-French border.
Zapatero also denied (May 24th) that there were problems of space in the inmigrant's refuges and he invited all people "to come there and see it for yourself". But the police said just the contrary, stating that for example, in the police station of Playa America in the south of Tenerife, there has been 800 immigrants sheltered. They also declared that the "subsaharians do not give very much problems as they know they are not going to be returned to their countries. But people form Maghreb, who can be, normally intend to escape".
But the problem is very far from finished. The Government sent FM Exterior Secretary Bernardino León to negotiate with several African countries about the inmigrants that have been arriving in Canary Islands There was an agreement to send back the illegal inmigrants to their homecountries.
The process of the return of the immigrants was halted just the same moment, because the inmigrants complained they were "handcuffed and misled about the place they were being carried". They thought they were going to the Peninsula, but instead they were driven to Senegal.
"We were handcuffed. Each of us was escorted by two policemen," Samba Ndao told reporters.
He said they were ordered to keep the plane's window blinds lowered during the flight.
"To our huge surprise, we landed in Dakar," Mr Ndao said.
Unnamed diplomats said it was hard to persuade those who had made the hazardous journey to the Canaries to go home.
"If you tell these people that they are going to be flown back home, then they won't get on the plane," Reuters news agency quoted one Dakar-based diplomat as saying.
"We'd hoped the repatriation would be carried out in a dignified manner. That wasn't the case," a senior Senegalese official told Reuters.
We are being today informed that the press of Senegal talks openly of the "youths who have assaulted the coasts of Spain" -note: the link is not working now: I wonder why-. The Senegalese unions are blaming the responsibility on the Government at its bad policies.
And the Government? They are denouncing a planetary injustice since the beginning of time:
from the slaveness to the colonisation, naming also the deterioration of the exchange terms, which have made that the North develops itself, while the South rest in the poverty and misery. The cooperation began after the independence has not inverted the tendency, underlining that the responsabilities are shared and cannot be blamed on a particular regime.
He also added the "youths" of his country are going to Europe due to misinformation provoked by the MSM who describe the supposed marvellous things of Europe, so he spoke for a countroffensive to show the inmigrants the reality.
Zapatero is just then slapped in the face of his own theories, that were summed in an article published in the Financial Times. In it, Spanish PM said that "it was not very realistic to aim for peace and stability in an ocean of universal injustice" and stated that this was the cause for terrorism. So, Rajoy asked him what ocean of universal injustice existed in the Basque country, for example.
The Senegalese Government also has asked for money in exchange for letting the illegal aliens go back to their country. Is anybody thinking that this money, in case it is given, is going really to be beneficial for Senegalese people? No, probably it would make the corruption grow and the fortunes of some of thier leaders.
- NUEVO DIGITAL: Senegal responsabiliza a la injusticia planetaria desde el alba de los tiempos del asalto de miles de sus jóvenes a España mientras exige dinero para readmitirlos.
- Ajopringue: No tenemos ya inmigración ilegal ÂÂÂ¿O sÍ?
- Es la libertad de expresión, idiotas: Cosas del empleo.
- Gates of Vienna: Bystanders.
- A Western Heart: Some Hispanics do not like illegal inmigration.
- DOCE DOCE: Zapatero y la inmigración a Canarias.