Immigrants who improve lives
Every year, billions of euros are sent by more than 270 million immigrants to their countries of origin. Millions of heroes who leave their homes in search of a better future not only for themselves, but also for their families. Heroes who with their remittances cover the basic needs of their families, help with the education of siblings, children and nephews and give the economic means for them to access health services or even provide that little push to set up local businesses in their countries of origin. And, of course, they are the main source of aid in periods of economic, climatic or health crises in their countries of origin.
This is how more than 270 million immigrants improve lives around the world. So much so, that by 2018 the amount of money sent by immigrants around the world was three times the amount of resources allocated to official development assistance. A figure that is estimated to support more than 800 million people.
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It is for this reason that the United Nations General Assembly approved the creation of the International Day on Family Remittances, to highlight the great contribution to the world of the millions of immigrants who use remittances to improve the lives of their families, but also to encourage entities to facilitate the continuity of these remittance flows. And that is why at Moneytrans we also join the celebration of this day, to reaffirm our commitment and put a value on the efforts of millions of immigrants who, with their efforts, continue to care for their families thousands of miles away. Our respect goes to you!
Immigrants who continue to add value to the economy
Immigrants who decide to make a fresh start in a new country not only bring great benefits to their countries of origin with their remittances, but also bring great social and economic benefits to the host countries. This is the case in Spain, where between the mid-1990s and the beginning of the century the GDP increased by up to 30% as a result of the arrival and inclusion of immigrants in the labour market. This positive effect increased by up to 50% between 2000 and 2005, as shown in a report by Obra Social La Caixa. And in 2018, immigrant workers make up almost 10% of Social Security income thanks to their contributions. That same year, more than half of the 23,970 self-employed registered in Spain were immigrants whose projects continue and continue to add value to the Spanish economy!
We have been in the remittance business for more than 20 years and assisting immigrants who arrive in Spain every year. And if we were asked what advice we would give to a person who has just arrived in Spain we would answer: be informed. Because the more information you have about the documentation or permits you need, the easier and faster the adaptation in Spain will be. And although these procedures can often be very complex, there are associations or entities that advise on this matter and can be of great help.
This is the case of the portal Parainmigrantes.info, which specializes in immigration matters in Spain. Their team has been providing all the necessary information, especially legal, to those immigrants who wish to establish their residence in Spain for more than 15 years. Something that without a doubt is of great help given the complexity of the bureaucratic procedures in our country.
Their services are focused on Spanish nationality, work permits, visas, community card, procedures related to marriage or common-law couples, among others. And it doesn’t matter if you are not yet in Spain, they offer advice by phone or Skype to make it easy for you. In addition, on their social networks, you can find help, articles, video-advice of great use, but above all a community of thousands of people who have already been helped!