Crisis: Spain; immigration changes, more women than men

More qualified, good integration. 900 mln lost job

18 June, 14:51

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, JUNE 18 - The crisis has changed the profile of immigrants in Spain, the destination of choice of Latin Americans with no apparent integration issues, according to a research released on Tuesday. The study by the Barcelona council, CIDOB Foundation and Ortega-Maranon Foundation called 'Immigration and crisis: continuity and change' noted that the effects of the recession have been affected foreigners. Some 900,000 lost their jobs in the past five years, half of them over the last two years.

    More women than men move to Spain; the age group goes from 35 to 64 years and immigrants are professionally more qualified, the study said. Most are employed in the services sector.

    Compared to a few years ago, men were more and younger - 16 to 34 years old - and mainly worked in construction. Most arrive from Latin America - many from Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia - and the integration process has not created particular problems. Over a population of 46,8 million in Spain, the foreigners registered are 5,2 million, 11,96% of the total.

    However, the research indicated that just 5,2% of Spanish healthcare is spent on immigrants.

    Money sent back to home countries has decreased compared to the past and in particular the peak registered in 2008 with 8,5 billion. A 20% drop has now been registered for a value of around 6,8 billion euros a year.

    The research also looked at Spanish emigration: experts said it is difficult to quantify but stressed that over 120.000 Spanish nationals have left the country since 2008. Most of them are between 25 and 35 years of age, with a medium to high education and have chosen mostly to move to Britain, Germany and the United States. (ANSAmed).

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