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Irregular immigrants ‘vetoed’ by the Town Hall in Vic, Barcelona January 15, 2010

Posted by cristobalgomez in Uncategorized.
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A migrant speaking to a reporter in Vic before the vote - Público TV

Those without residence papers will not be able to register at the Town Hall and lose access to public health care. A council meeting in Vic, Barcelona province, on Wednesday morning has approved a controversial issue to refuse registration at the Town Hall to any migrants who are in the country illegally. It’s a move which the Izquierda Unida leader, Cayo Lara, described earlier on Wednesday before the vote took place as a situation which Público reports reminded him of the beginnings of Nazi Germany.

Registration at a local Town Hall is needed for gain access to public services such as health care, education and social services. There had been a barrage of criticism ahead of the vote, including from government ministers, but the Town Hall claims that the aim is to help combat exploitation of immigrants and integrate them into the community. Público however reports that the immigrant population believes the true intention is to save money.

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