MADRID, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Spain believes the
newly-approved EU law on the repatriation of undocumented immigrants is
"necessary" at a time when unemployment is on the rise in the country, a top
official said Wednesday.
Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez
de la Vegatold the press that "we are going to hire less immigrants" as the
total job opportunities continue to decline.
Those undocumented immigrants in Spain will have to
leave the country according to the new EU immigration law, known as the "Return
Directive," and the Spanish government assures they will receive all their
salaries before leaving for their home countries, de la Vega said.
The European Parliament approved the "Return
Directive" on June18, ordering the expulsion of undocumented immigrants in
If they do not leave the bloc within a period of
seven to 30 days, they may face up to 18 months in jail.
The law, which could come into force in 2010, has
drawn widespread and strong criticism from Latin America.
According to Spain's official statistics, some
424,500 people lost their jobs during the one-year period starting June 2007,
and the hardest hit sectors are the construction industry, agriculture and
service industry, which provide jobs to the largest percentage of undocumented