Spain is leading the way for a humane and common-sense approach to immigration. In 2005, the government allowed illegal immigrants to regularise their status, giving them the right to work legally.
Now, it is encouraging employers to recruit temporary workers from
Africa in a bid to discourage Africans from risking their lives trying
to reach Spain piled high on flimsy boats. A delegation of Spanish
employers arrives in Senegal today to recruit labour for construction
work and the summer harvest, the FT reports.
Ideally, borders should be open. But if that is not possible for now, opening up a legal route for migrants to come work is a big step forward.