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Obesity (slow news day in SA?) is a problem in general and in some areas, like Andalucía seems worse.  The cause is probably the same as anywhere:  2 working parents stressed out and too many processed foods.

Immigration is one of the biggest concerns here, besides a favorite theme for the right-wingers.  It is a humanitarian problem, first of all, because of the suffering and deaths it causes.  The government is trying to reach agreements with the source countries, but it is barely slowing down.

The need is too great, there are trafficking mafias involved, and the economic cost is negative at first:
Receiving, health care, housing and settling or repatriating in a responsible way.  Once here, it is very difficult for them because even when they find jobs, they are exploited, but at least there are dozens of NGO´s helping out.  No easy solutions.


Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Fri Dec 8th, 2006 at 01:30:17 AM EST
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Regarding the immigrants, what is anticipated for next year?

Looking generally, there are so many massive changes are occuring fast - people are moving globally, satisfy their instincts  and economical imperatives in their earnest. Little wonder, when about half of EU tomato supply is produced in a few provinces in Spain, there is a lot of picking job to anyone wishing.

Can we control our "urge" for globalization and scale economy? Can the fast changes accelarate ever faster? Will share numbers and masses rule the world? Or will they annihilate each other, stumbling upon a trivial environmental restriction? Aren't we living in the proverbial interesting times?

by das monde on Fri Dec 8th, 2006 at 04:28:58 AM EST
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I don´t know of any projections, but I fear it will not stop, since the needs in Africa are so hard to fathom, that thousands of young people, children, pregnant women... are willing to risk death for months, to reach Europe.  The Canary Islands and the south coast are the closest destinations.

There are many central Europeans coming through the Pyrenees in bus loads also, which seems like a blind point.  The government has no intention of using forceful policies, obviously, and the right-wing likes to name it "the call-effect".

The immigrants´ contribution to the job market, the economy and employment taxes are very positive for the country.

As to the big life questions...

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Fri Dec 8th, 2006 at 09:30:08 AM EST
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