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Reverse Migration: Ecuador Lures Nationals Back Home From Troubled Spain

ABC, TELECINCO (Spain)

QUITO - It's the latest sign of a global economy turned on its head.

Ecuador, in search of qualified workers to fuel the economy, is actively trying to lure its nationals back home from Spain, which is mired in Europe's ongoing debt crisis, reports Madrid-based daily ABC.

The Ecuadorian government has announced an offer of 20,000 jobs reserved specifically for its citizens who have emigrated to Spain. The agreement is part of the “Welcome Back Home Plan,” spearheaded by Lorena Escudero, the country's minister for migration policies.

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Ecuadorian coat of arms

The initiative is one of many by the South American nation of 15 million to improve access to employment and provide training for migrants who want to come back. Ecuadorians can register on an online portal called “Red Socio Empleo” (Socio-job Network), under the heading for “Spain Migrants”, fill a questionnaire and opt for one of 20,000 vacancies.

The Spanish Government will cooperate with Ecuador by issuing certificates to verify the migrant’s skills and expertise. The Ecuadorian Ministry of Labor Relations will help facilitate access to selection processes in private and public institutions in Ecuador.

According to Telecinco, by April 26th, 40,000 Ecuadorians have already returned home due to the Plan. The government of Ecuador’s plans are for another 50,000 to do so.

Ecuadorians are the second largest immigrant group in Spain with 262,223 people after Moroccans.

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For Erdogan, Blocking Sweden's NATO Bid Is Perfect For His Reelection Campaign

Turkey's objections to Swedish membership of NATO may mean that Finland joins first. And as he approaches an election at home, Turkish President Erdogan is playing the game to his advantage.

For Erdogan, Blocking Sweden's NATO Bid Is Perfect For His Reelection Campaign

January 11, 2023, Ankara (Turkey): Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the International Conference of the Board of Grievances on January 11.

Turkish Presidency / APA Images via ZUMA Press Wire
Pierre Haski

-Analysis-

PARIS — This story has all the key elements of our age: the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, the excessive ambitions of an autocrat, the opportunism of a right-wing demagogue, Islamophobia... And at the end, a country, Sweden, whose NATO membership, which should have been only a formality, has been blocked.

Last spring, under the shock of the invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin's Russia, Sweden and Finland, two neutral countries in northern Europe, decided to apply for membership in NATO. For Sweden, this is a major turning point: the kingdom’s neutrality had lasted more than 150 years.

Turkey's President Erdogan raised objections. It demanded that Sweden stop sheltering Kurdish opponents in its country. This has nothing to do with NATO or Ukraine, but everything to do with Erdogan's electoral agenda, as he campaigns for the Turkish presidential elections next May.

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