New Avenues For Immigration

In recent
years Spain has received an
inordinate amount of immigration in comparison with other European countries largely
due to its proximity to Africa and its cultural connections to South America.
This sudden increase is a project that the country has been grappling
with both politically and culturally.

recent developments may be changing the dynamics of immigration. In the beginning of this trend, the situation
was somewhat of a free-for-all; however, the political system may be catching
up and offering viable solutions for both employers and non-Spanish workers. For example, in 2006, over 200,000 immigrants
found legal work in Spain.

This has
been accomplished in a way that is non-threatening to the Spanish population
which is largely unsure about the effect of these newcomers. Every quarter, the National Employment
meets with
employers and unions to determine which jobs are difficult or impossible to
fill with Spanish citizens. Once this is
determined the process of filling these vacant positions with foreign born
people can begin. The result is a more
robust economy in which employers can find employees, non-native employees can
work legally, and the population in general can rest easy over the issue of
perceived job loss due to immigration.

The trend
is continuing this year at similar levels indicating that the program is
effective for all.

Marula Café: Get Punked In Style

C/ Canos de los Viejos, 3, Esquina Bailen, bajo puente
Metro: La Latina
Hours: Mon-Fri,
20h -6h; nightclub opens at 23h
Entrance: Free
T: +34 –

Marula Café, named after an African fruit commonly eaten by elephants,
has one of the best terrazas in Madrid
– particularly because of its view. Situated on a corner right under the bridge of Calle Bailen (for the moment, we will
ignore the fact that people commit suicide from this bridge), you get a view of
gardens and the magnificent arch structure that supports the bridge.

The bar tenders are young, hip and nice.
Watch out though: the place shares ground with another bar, so when you
arrive at Marula Café ask which part of the terrace is theirs because you may
unknowingly be sitting at the bar next door.

The nightclub (inside) is colourful, alternative and cosy, playing funk
and punk rock music. It opens everyday around 23h and is rocking until 6h;
Mondays starting at 23h they have live jam sessions by their resident funk band.

Slightly on the expensive side, the bar charges up to €4 for a cola and
€7-9 for a cocktail. However, drinks are a euro cheaper before 10, and cheaper
inside than outside.

An up-market but good place to go for a quiet drink outside — being the
only terrace on that corner, you will feel exclusive. It’s also ideal if you just want to stay at
one place and dance to funk tunes until the wee hours of the morning.