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1.1 Million unemployed foreigners in Spain

Thu 29th Nov 2012
1.1 Million unemployed foreigners in Spain

The results of a study compiled by the Spanish Association of Employment Agencies - AGETTES - has revealed how the number of foreign jobseekers in Spain has tripled in 5 years.

In Q3 of 2007 - before the onset of the economic crisis - there were "just" 380'000 unemployed foreign residents. By Q3 of 2012 the figure had increaed to 1.1 million - or 20% of the 5,778,100 jobless recorded by the National Institute of Statistics (INE).

The majority of foreign unemployed workers are male, aged between 25 and 44, with 57.6% being illiterate. Only 15% of foreigners with a university education are unemployed.

The study made no mention of, or accounted for the number of foreigners working illegally in Spain.

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Whilst I agree with you Robster, it would also be useful if the study went on to show the countries of origin of these unemployed foreigners (EU or Non-EU) and if they had ever worked in Spain in previous years. Likewise, were they legally resident here in Spain, or here illegally ? - which obviously limits their employability.
Tyler - Fri, 30th Nov 2012
This was always going to be the case. During the property boom years it was the foreigners who took up the demand for workers and now they are the community left most at risk from property repossessions and left high and dry by the welfare system.
Robster - Fri, 30th Nov 2012

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