A new immigration bill is to become law in an effort to curb Spain’s illegal immigration problems. With high unemployment the Spanish government says it can no longer be so easy going about accepting illegal workers slipping into the country.

The opposition believe that the bill does not go far enough to deal with the huge numbers of migrants. It is considered that they may force additions to the law, in order to get their support for the final version of the law.

Illegal workers had been tolerated in a “turning a blind eye” policy, as the Spanish economy boomed, and workers were needed for casual employment, in areas such as construction, but the current economic situation leaves no room for workers without the proper papers.

One of the main changes will be the blocking of, mostly African, legal workers, from bringing in their family’s to join them.