Friday, April 25, 2008

Spain Won't Expel Illegal Workers from Bulgaria and Romania

Sofia News Agency
25 April 2008, Friday

Spain will not be able to expel any more Bulgarians and Romanians working there illegally after a ruling of the Spanish Supreme Court.

The Court has canceled an expulsion order from 2001 concerning a Romanian citizen, and another one concerning a Bulgarian, both of whom did not have permits to reside in Spain and to work there legally.

According to the ruling, the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the European Union on January 1, 2007, has turned their citizens into citizens of the Union, to whom the Spanish laws about sanctions against foreigners could not be applied.

The Supreme Court emphasized that expulsion orders could be applied only to persons who had not only been working illegally in Spain, but also did not have the right to reside there.

After January 1, 2007, Bulgarians and Romanians have the right to reside in Spain, and therefore they could not be expelled for working there illegally.

According to the official data of the Spanish authorities more than 500 000 Romanians and 100 000 Bulgarians live in the country. Spain has introduced a moratorium on the acceptance of any more new guest workers from the two Balkan states.

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