Posted by: crisdiaz24 | May 12, 2011

MIGRANTS PUSHED TOWARDS EXIT BY SPANISH JOBS CRISIS

Read the text and complete the chart below with a word from the list that comes after the text. Each word can only be used ONCE. There are FIVE words that you do not need to use. Question 0 has been answered as an example.

MIGRANTS PUSHED TOWARDS EXIT BY SPANISH JOBS CRISIS

When Yousuf Akue Ouma arrived in Spain in 2005, life was good.

The country was one big building 0) __________, and he found work easily. He earned enough to cover the bills and send money back to his young family in Nigeria.

Then the  economic crisis hit and everything changed.

Mr Ouma lost his job in 2007 and has not found any stable work since.

When his residence permit came up for 1) ____________ last year, his application was refused. Without a job, he was told, he was not 2) ___________ to stay.

“There’s no work in Spain, so how can I find any?” Mr Ouma asks while at the office of the Madrid lawyer who is helping 3) __________ against the decision, trying to renew Mr Ouma’s residency.

“My family at home is crying: ‘Send me money!’ But I’ve got none to send. Sometimes I go in the street, begging,” he says.

It was immigrant labour – mostly from Latin America and Africa – that helped 4) __________ Spain’s economic boom. Many people made good money; many later brought their families to join them.

But, today, 32% of Spain’s immigrant workers are unemployed, compared with 21.3% of the overall workforce. Many are now losing their residency rights and 5) __________ expulsion.

Yousuf Akue Ouma says there’s no work to be found in Spain

“(With) the economic crisis, it’s a frequent problem,” explains lawyer Alfredo Arrien Paredes.

“We have thousands of illegal citizens in Spain for that reason: they lost their jobs [because of the] economic problems, and then their residency permit.”

The government has no official 6) __________. But the Catholic charity Caritas reports a surge in the number of people it describes as “suddenly irregular” using its services. It estimates up to 800,000 people could be affected.

With local elections this month, and unemployment the voters’ biggest complaint, there is concern that immigrants are becoming a 7) __________.

“There is a rise of xenophobia and racism,” warns Ana Abril Fernandez of Caritas. “We think this is the time for public and political figures to 8) ___________ sensitivity campaigns to maintain social cohesion.”

Instead, Caritas notes a rise in police identity checks on immigrants, even inside its soup 9) __________.

And Jose Manuel Sanchez Fornet, secretary general of Spain’s biggest police trade union, admits police are under pressure to take a harder line.

“The mode of policing now is returning to how it was under Franco,” he says.

He tells the BBC that police are given verbal quotas to stop and check 10-25 people every day, 10) __________ of whether they are suspected of a crime.

“We can’t detain a worker just because they’ve lost their job – they’ve done nothing wrong. But the police are being pressured into doing just that, that’s why we are complaining,” Mr Fornet explains.

Adapted from © http://www.bbc.co.uk

APPEAL                FACING                KITCHENS            RENEWAL

DEALING              FIGURES               LET                       RUN

DIRECT                FRONT                 REGARDING         SCAPEGOAT

ENTITLED             FUEL                     REGARDLESS       SITE

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SITE

 

 

1

6

2

7

3

8

4

9

5

10

KEY

0) SITE

1)      RENEWAL

2)      ENTITLED

3)      APPEAL

4)      FUEL

5)      FACING

6)      FIGURES

7)      SCAPEGOAT

8)      RUN

9)      KITCHENS

10)  REGARDLESS


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