The Spanish government is to oblige the council of Vic to let immigrants without legal residency to register in the town (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). According to the government, the registration (empadronamiento) of foreigners on the official census of a town or city here is done regardless of whether or not they are legally resident in Spain. A 10-page report was produced by the legal department of the State and published yesterday on the matter, responding to the question as to whether it was legal to register foreigners whose passport doesn’t have a valid visa for being in Spain. The report points to various laws (including municipal law and the law regulating foreigners) all of which agree that the only requirement to register on the census is to be living in Spain.
Catalunya could take five years to recover its pre-crisis level of employment (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). This is one of the findings of the half-yearly report from the savings bank Caixa Catalunya announced yesterday by the professor of Applied Economics at Barcelona University, Josep Oliver. He stressed that coming out of recession, forecast here for the third or fourth quarter of this year, won’t automatically mean the creation of jobs. As such, he didn’t rule out the possibility that the level of employment reached in 2007 won’t be seen again until 2016. “We expect that by the end of this year, new jobs will start to be created in the service sector,” said Oliver. At the present time, unemployment in Catalunya is around 16 percent of the working population.
In the past two years, the number of estate agent offices in Spain has fallen by 70 percent (read article in Catalan here, Avui). A study by the franchise consultancy company Tormo & Asociados discovered the dramatic fall in estate agents around the country—in 2007, there were around 4,200 offices whereas last year it was approximately 1,200. In addition, some 18 companies in the sector ceased trading during the same period leaving 27 competing in the market. The number of properties sold in Spain has suffered a similar slump on the back of the economic crisis: while 526,509 (87,391 in Catalunya) houses and flats were sold in Spain in 2006, during the first three quarters of 2009, just 142,369 were sold (19,249 in Catalunya).
Also in the news: Guardiola gives verbal agreement to stay as Barça trainer for another season (La Vanguardia—read full article here); Additional €140 million injected into government crisis budget (El Periodico—read full article here); Generalitat minister says Barcelona’s 2022 Winter Olympic bid is destined to fail (Avui—read full article here)