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No move to cut back work visas

September 07, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The labor minister has backtracked on a much-criticized proposal to slash the number of work visas available to migrants.

Celestino Corbacho had said it did not make sense to keep recruiting foreign workers when Spain has 2.5 million people unemployed. But he drew criticism from unions, immigrant groups and opposition parties for saying the visas "will get close to zero."

He later said that he hadn't meant to suggest that he would severely cut back on visas to migrant workers.

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