Sunday, March 13, 2011

Foreigners and immigrants


If we take a look at mass media (regardless of right- or left-leanings), it is clear that people living in our country but born elsewhere are divided into two groups: foreigners and immigrants. When we talk about Moroccans, Ecuadorians or Senegalese people, for instance, they are not foreigners but immigrants. On the other hand, when we talk about French, Australian or Japanese people they are never immigrants: they are always foreigners. There is only one possibility for those people coming from poor countries to become foreigners: to be millionaires. Needless to say, football players are always foreigners when they play on premier league teams.
Now, let’s take a look at laws regulating foreigners and immigrants in Spain: such discrimination is already present from the very border. According to a Decree published on 11 May 2007, those people who wish to enter our country should prove that they have a minimum daily amount of money to cover their expenses. The funny thing about it (although it’s not funny at all) is that this decree states that the minimum amount of money available should be 10% of the Spanish minimum wage for every day spent in our country. In other words: if the minimum wage in Spain in 2011 amounts to 641.40 € a month, newcomers should prove that they have 64.14 € per person and day. Summing up, it makes 1,924.20 € per person a month. And if we talk about a 4-people family, it is 256.56 € per day, resulting in 7,696.80 € per month.
I do know the budget of our readers at Delivering Data, but quoting Javier Galparsoro in this article, most Spanish people would not be allowed to enter Spain if applying the same laws.

Sources:

  1. Decree of 11 May 2007 about financial resources to be proved by people who wish to enter Spain: http://www.boe.es/boe/dias/2007/05/11/pdfs/A20390-20391.pdf
  2. Minimum wage of 2011: http://www.ceo.es/pdf/es/ultima-hora/SMI.pdf
  3. Article by Javier Galparsoro at Periodismo Humano about this decree: http://conpapeles.periodismohumano.com/2010/05/10/algunos-espanoles-tendriamos-que-irnos/

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