Immigration Issues in Spain
Organizations have various issues to deal with but some point in time there is the issues # 1. The number one issue on the agenda; it is the issue that requires most attention, either because itís symptoms have been neglected previously or because of any other cause ... For governments this is hardly any different.
"After years of disagreeing on nearly everything, the ruling Socialist party and the opposition (PP) agree that there must be no more amnesties for illegal immigrants arriving in Spain." This is the openings heading of the Leading newspaper El Pais in Spain (today), after another arrival of African immigrant. More than 5000 immigrant have arrived at the Spanish coasts the last month and a half. ďBut true to form, they -- The ruling party and the opposition -- disagree on how this pledge should be put into effect.Ē
The PP is demanding that further amnesties are banned by a change in the current immigration law; according to the PP the last amnesties have caused a pull-effect; if you accept a first group, you invite others to join as well. According to El Pais, in 2005, 580,000 migrants were granted legal papers and in the last 20 years a total of 1,2 million migrants.
The German chancellor, Angela Merkel pledged to help with this problem, "that could affect any -- did she mean European? -- country."
Because of the development of the European Union, issues from local countries, become European issues. We notice this with the differences in tax policies, where companies look for the most tax-friendly European state. And now we will notice this with immigration. Spanish immigration is a problem that will affect the whole union.
The recent mass repatriation -- agreed by Spanish and Senegalese governments -- is a beginning of a solution, but only a beginning. As soon as the issue is no longer issue # 1, the problem will pop up again, because migration is a global trend we have to face.
Itís a kind of problem with a dimension of like the ozone-layer. No single country is sole responsible and all (european states) need to find a solution.
© 2006 Hans Bool