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Unemployed Immigrants Prefer To Stay In Almeria

Almería has the highest rate of unemployment among migrant workers in Andalucia - behind Malaga.


The province has more than 130,000 immigrants, and recent data for July show that 19,826 were unemployed. Despite this figure, Almería has processed only 226 cases of people who wanted to benefit from the Voluntary Return Plan which allows them to return to their countries of origin.

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If the options of working in the province are difficult at the moment, the low number of people who want to return voluntarily to their country goes to show that expectations there should be better.


The majority of unemployed belong to EU countries; the sectors where there is higher unemployment are construction, agriculture and service sectors.

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The situation has certainly changed recently; the 20,000 people who once left their country to find work now find themselves unemployed in Almeria.


Those who have opted to return have received 40% of the payment of unemployment benefit here, and the remaining 60% in their country of origin. In addition, they have also been able to seek additional aid to facilitate travel to the country of origin.

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Of the 225 immigrants who have opted for the Voluntary Return Plan, 90% are in South

America, especially Ecuador and Argentina, the rest from Eastern European countries outside the EU. After a period of three years, workers and workers who have chosen to leave Almería may request authorization to work and live again in the province and, likewise, have a prior right to enter the annual quota of non-EU foreign workers. People who have taken voluntary return and subsequently return to Spain, regain, in addition, their previous status as temporary residents or permanent. In countries where Spanish co-operation is present, guidance and support to facilitate socioe c o n o m i c reintegration is available and it is perceived that upon their return people will be able to better contribute to the development of their countries, allowing them to rejoin their families and take advantage of better career options or

even create a business with experience and qualifications they have achieved in Spain. To qualify for the Voluntary Return Plan certain conditions must be met. These include being registered as unemployed at the Employment Service and to have previously been in legal unemployment. In addition, the applicant must undertake to return to their home country no later than 30 calendar days from the date of the first payment of the benefit and not return to Spain within three years.

Swimmer dies in sea off El Campello beach A bather lost his life on Friday 6th August whilst out swimming in the sea off the beach in El Campello (Alicante). The victim, 77, was said to have been accompanied by his daughter at the time. Witnesses said the accident ‘happened very quickly’ and that ‘one minute he was swimming, next minute he had drowned’. The causes of the man’s death, which occurred just after 10.30hrs, are not known. A post-mortem will be carried out to ascertain whether the deceased, a Spanish national, drowned or whether he suffered a pre-existing illness such as a heart condition.

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