CALL FOR MORE IMMIGRANTS

A think tank of university professors, businessmen and former politicians said last week that Spain will need 157,000 new immigrants a year until 2020, because during that period during the number of Spanish young people aged 16 to 39 will drop from 15.8 million to 11 million. They said the number of young people has halved in the past five years, while the number of people between 40 and 64 has gone up from 13.4 to 17 million. They also said there will be fewer professional Spaniards by 2015, because the universities are expected to lose 300,000 Spanish born students between now and then. They advised the government to review the Foreigners’ Law to make it easier for immigrants to enter the country legally.

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