Spain needs migrants from other regions: IOM

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IOM staff talks to beneficiaries of the Labour Migration Programme to Spain

Spain has been told it needs to reconsider its tight immigration polices which have been put in place since 2008 following the global economic crisis.

In the 1990's Spain facilitated migration, especially from Latin America, to meet its needs for unskilled workers for the booming construction industry as well as domestic and elderly care services.

According to a new report by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Spain will need migrants to cover labour shortages because of its ageing population and the emigration of people to other countries.

Jemini Pandya is IOM spokesperson in Geneva.

"Spain became the main destination country for migrants from Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America to the European Union in the last decades of the twentieth century. An estimated 5 million migrants arrived in Spain in that time, about 500,000 people a year. One third of all migrants were from Latin America . The Latin American population in Spain increased from 160,000 in 1990 to 2.1 million between 2001 and 2009."

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