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Spanish professors urge voters to reject conservatives as anti-immigration

Spanish professors urge voters to reject conservatives as anti-immigration

More than 100 university professors have urged voters to reject the conservative Popular Party in Spain's general election March 9, citing immigration proposals they call xenophobic.
The Popular Party's plans for immigrants to sign a contract pledging to obey the law and respect Spanish customs, and claims that link immigration to delinquency, "represent a new aggression against people who have not received welcoming treatment and who have had to put up with inferior rights in many ways," said the statement, which was published in national newspapers Thursday.
"Xenophobia must be defeated on March 9 and we must work toward the construction of a more integrated society," said the statement, signed by 127 deans and professors of migration studies in nearly 40 universities across Spain.
The Popular Party has made immigration a key issue in the run-up to the elections, accusing the Socialist government of opening the floodgates and calling for more control of Spain's borders. Party officials have said the left unfairly labels those seeking to deal with the problem as xenophobic.
No one at the Popular Party was immediately available for comment.
Spain's immigrant population has increased nearly 10-fold over the past decade and now represents about 10 percent of the country's 45 million people.


Updated : 2021-02-28 18:20 GMT+08:00