Gaining Employment

Andres y Blanca arrived in Madrid eight years ago from Bucaramanga (Colombia) with a suitcase full of dreams and desire to work to improve their situation and the family left there. After a few months, his effort began to bear fruit: had work and a shared House. At this time they are unemployed. Like them, the Latin American immigrant population anguish now with the possibility of losing the savings or housing. The drama of unemployment doubly affects immigrants because, as the rest of the unemployed, have to deal with housing rent payments, child support, or even the term of a mortgage, but also in their countries of origin, their children, parents or siblings depend on their shipments of money to eat, pay the school or having a roof where shelter.

Since the beginning of the global economic crisis, many businesses have closed and a large number of workers have been left without employment. Currently, there are more than four million unemployed in Spain. But the crisis is hitting strong human groups most vulnerable. In the last quarter of 2008, there were registered 780,000 immigrants without employment in Spanish territory. This year it is expected that the figures are much higher, since the destruction of employment continues. The most affected by this bad situation immigrants come from Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia.

As Andrew and white, that are on the European shore of the ocean, also suffer from the effects of the crisis their families, who have survived the economic support that so far came them. According to data from the Bank of Spain, remittances dropped 8.455 million euros in 2007 to 7.840 last year. A decline of more than 600 million euros. Before the difficulty to find a job again, many immigrants do freight, small bungling of masonry or painting houses. Women without young children in your charge still work in domestic service, hospitality, and caring for children or elderly people.