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Aging Spain Issues Rallying Call for Workers From Latin America

  • Government is relaxing rules to recruit workers overseas
  • Poor demographics are threatening Spain’s pension system
Workers sort harvested watermelons into crates on a farm  in Tarragona, Spain.

Workers sort harvested watermelons into crates on a farm  in Tarragona, Spain.

Photographer: Angel Garcia/Bloomberg

Spain is opening its doors to foreign workers to fix labor shortages and ease a demographic slump threatening its future prosperity. 

In contrast with more anti-immigrant politics in much of Europe, the government has loosened rules to allow the recruitment of employees in their countries, mostly in Latin America, for both skilled and unskilled jobs that are hard to fill.