Spain's Jobless Find It Hard to Go Back to the Farm

Published: May 14, 2010

Abdoulaye Diallo, of Senegal, worked steadily in Spain from 2002 to 2008. He now lives in a camp outside Huelva.

Now, with the construction jobs gone, Mr. Rivera is behind on his bank payments and eager to return to the farmwork he left behind.

But Spaniards have been largely shut out of those jobs. Those bent over rows of strawberries under plastic greenhouse sheeting or climbing ladders in the midday sun are now almost all foreigners: Romanians, Poles, Moroccans, many of them in Spain legally.

“The farmers here don’t want us,