Spain adapts immigration law to include migrant workers in the labor market

The Spanish government has adapted immigration law to include migrant workers in the labor market.

The European Commission said in one of its latest press releases that the reform of the Aliens Regulation aimed at streamlining procedures and integrating workers into the Spanish labor market entered into force on August 15, 2022, 20 days after its announcement in the official state gazette. .

According to the Spanish Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, José Luis Escrivá, the country aims to modernize the migration model in order to encourage regular and safe migration, reports.

The Commission explains that this reform allows those who have been living in Spain for two years to regularize their situation if they are qualified or trained to be employed in sectors in need of labour.

This means that the process for granting work permits will now be more flexible, making it easier for foreigners to stay and work in Spain.

“The Royal Decree that allowed the entry into force of this reform relaxes the processes for granting work permits, which will affect both immigrants who are in Spain in an irregular situation and people who can be hired in their country of origin, reads the Commission statement.

In order to facilitate the integration into the labor market of migrants living in Spain, the conditions for obtaining a work permit, family reunification and other social reasons have been updated.

The change in the rules aims to streamline and update the permits granted to these groups of people and creates a new training permit to allow migrants who have lived in Spain for two years or more to participate in the labor market, in particular in sectors facing shortages.

To be able to take advantage of this integration through training, the Commission points out that foreigners must engage in formal training for employment. Vocational training provided by the State Public Employment Service will be valid for all. In addition, migrants will have access to more facilities if they choose to train in sectors with higher labor demand.

In addition to the above, the reform also modifies the regulations aimed at promoting the permanence of international students in Spain. International students will be allowed to combine training and work, provided they do not exceed 30 hours per week. In addition, the restrictions they were subject to when entering the labor market after completing their studies in Spain have also been removed.

The “Catalogue of particularly sought-after professions” has also been reformulated so that recruitments can be generated in an individual’s home country in situations that warrant it.