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Spain — The myth of foreigners stealing jobs from the locals

26 November 2009

A new survey published by Adecco Spain and IESE Business School reveals that the idea that immigrants are taking away jobs from Spaniards in the current economic crisis is a complete myth.

The report shows that whilst the employment rate among Spaniards over the last 12 months is down by -6.9% with 1,183,000 job losses, employment among all categories of immigrants is down by -9.3% with 293,000 job losses.

Foreign workers from European Union (EU) countries have suffered least with only a -1.2% fall in the employment rate. The real sufferers so far have been European workers from outside the EU with a fall in employment of -22.1% followed by Latin-Americans and workers from RoW countries with a fall of -12%.

Adecco Spain says in a statement "we can therefore say that all categories of immigrants have lost jobs and none of them have replaced Spaniards in the workplace. The worst reductions in employment are among European women from non-EU countries (-28.1%) and Latin-American men (-15.7%)."

To read the report in Spanish language please click here



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