The Junta de Andalucia has provided €68,000 to teach homeless immigrants across Almería about “the reality of homosexuality in modern society”. Emilio de Llera, Andalucian Minister for Justice, said that the programme aimed to “teach the immigrant community about the realities of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual communities”. One assumes that if you’re an illegal immigrant living in a squat behind the El Ejido greenhouses, homophobia isn’t the first of your many concerns, but Continue reading Junta decides to teach homeless immigrants about “homosexual reality in modern society”
Two very contrasting stories about Almería house sales appear today in the British vs Spanish press. The Telegraph runs a piece on “End to Mediterranean dream for 90,000 Britons who left Spain last year – British expatriates are deserting Spain in droves, according to new figures from Spain’s national statistics institute “, together with some interesting interviews from ex-expats from Arboleas, and a bit from Maura Hillen of AUAN. It’s prompted by the news that Continue reading Are Brits fleeing Spain or flooding in? Depends who you ask!
A Morrocan woman who has lived in Catalonia since 1997 has been denied her Spanish nationality because she though Almeria was a country bordering Spain. In a verbal immigration exam, when asked for the names of two countries bordering Spain, she replied “Almeria and La Jonquera”. The correct answers, of course, being port-land and los gazbachos. To be honest, The Supreme Court has now ruled that the answer was sufficient proof that she hadn’t integrated Continue reading Nationality denied coz she thought Almeria was a country
Spain’s brain drain may not be such a bad thing, given the alternative writes Peter Lavelle, in response to the news that Spanish population plummets as immigrants flee. Since 2008, la crisis has forced thousands of people to leave Spain, in search of work elsewhere. If you ask the official INE, they’ll tell you about 200k have left since 2008; if you ask the think-tank Fundación Alternativas, they’ll put the figure at 800k. In any case, Continue reading Spain’s brain drain may not be such a bad thing, given the alternative
Spain lost 135.538 people last year as emigration outstripped immigration, and immigrants continued to hand in their residencias at record rates. The stats office INE say that over 200,000 immigrants renounced their residency in 2013, compared to just 15.229 in 2012. And only births registered to Spaniards outstripped deaths by just 54.482 in 2013, almost half that of 2012. Spain already suffered from one of the lowest birth rates in the world, and la crisis Continue reading Spanish population plummets as immigrants flee
An interesting study by the UAL (Almeria University) has revealed the hidden benefits of the immigrant to the economy in Almería. A three year investigation, which started off just trying to work out how to calculate the benefits and costs, has revealed that 52,000 immigrant workers in the province generated 140 million euros worth of tax in 2006, or around 2,700€ a year per immigrant. For Andalucia as a whole, the immigrant economy brings in Continue reading Just what are immigrants worth in Almería?
Calm seas and good weather are being blamed for a sudden surge in pateras – rafts or boats in which mainly African immigrants attempt to illegally cross the sea and enter Spain. Over 100 people aboard different boats have been rescued in the last 48 hours, mainly off the coast of Almería. The Guardia Civil have such a strong radar and visual control of the coast now that it’s supposed extremely difficult to cross, which Continue reading Over 100 illegal immigrants caught in 48 hours
I’d like you to click here and read this article before you continue any further. Sad, isn’t it? The current state of the immigrant in Almeria. Poor sods. “Yet the true secret of the region’s bonanza is less visible. Hidden beneath a shining sea of plastic are some 4,000 immigrant workers, most of them from Morocco, who spend their days in suffocating heat picking eggplant, peppers, melons and the like for sale in Paris, London Continue reading Almeria in the New York Times