Spain

The lack of a comprehensive EU approach on migration is felt locally

26th April 2018

Next to Greece and Italy, the countries with by far the biggest influx of people in recent years, it seems that Spain is coming back as an alternative country of entry on the Mediterranean routes. – Photo: Sofyan El Bouchtili EU Migration policy: containment politics instead of structural leadership At the fourth Summit for Southern […]

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You can dance your flamenco but you have to wear our dress: Romani people in Spain

25th April 2018

Photo: Flickr Whilst Spain is thought of as a role-model for Roma inclusion, the practices embedded in the culture tell a different story. Romero para ti, she says as she thrusts a twig towards me. “Rosemary for you.” The edge that is personal space has been tipped within an instant, and she is demanding my […]

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Harmony between Religions in Ceuta, whilst Separation Remains

25th April 2018

Pilar Garcias’ Christian family joined the wedding to her Muslim husband – while none of his family went to the ceremony. Photo: Julia Weinzierler ‘Convivencia’ is very present in the Spanish enclave Ceuta on African soil – but is this ‘peaceful living together’ between the different religious groups reality or just illusion? When Pilar Garcia […]

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Foreigners are welcome in Costa del Sol: Even if they never learn Spanish

25th April 2018

Costa del Sol is a popular place for northern Europeans to enjoy their retirement. And for the Danish pensioners, Club Danés is an attractive place to meet other Danes. But how do the Spanish people feel about the fact that many of the foreign residents never learn Spanish? Photo: Jesper Gynther For the Spaniards in […]

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Spanish mean streets

25th April 2018

Boys as young as 10 are homeless in Melilla, some of which have been for months or even years. Photo: Javi West Unaccompanied underage boys as young as 10 live in the streets of Melilla without proper care, waiting for the chance to get to Europe. Abdellah, a 14-year-old from Fez, has been in Melilla […]

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“From exporting wise men to exporting Jihadists” – and back

22nd April 2018

Photo: Julia Weinzierler A big share of foreign fighters left from the Spanish enclave Ceuta on African soil – what made this place so vulnerable for radicalisation besides the recent decrease? One of the most famous descendents from Ceuta, a little Spanish enclave in the North of Africa, is Muhammad al Idrissi. The Muslim geographer, […]

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Being black could be an advantage in Melilla

16th April 2018

The Maghrebi think they are discriminated upon in relation to the rest of the migrants. Photo: Javi West Once they are in the exclaves, it takes just three or four months for Sub-Saharan migrants to get to the mainland while the Maghrebi have to wait for one and a half years. Nineteen year old Abdurrahim […]

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Euroviews investigates: Are there still any migrants on Mount Gourougou?

16th April 2018

From the highest point of Mount Gourougou, it is easy to spot the destination many migrants in recent years have tried to reach: the Spanish enclave of Melilla. Reporter Javi West (photo) went to the mountain in hope to meet one of the migrants. Photo: Jesper Gynther Euroviews went to Mount Gourougou to see if […]

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Comics Against Radicalisation

15th April 2018

Mariam Mohamed, coordinator of the Cultural Centre Al Idrissi in Ceuta, showing the comic students made after a role-play in one of the educational programmes to prevent radicalisation. Photo: Julia Weinzierler Comics made by young students are a new tool in the little Spanish enclave Ceuta in the north of Africa in the fight against […]

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In Islam, wearing a hijab is a choice. But in Spain, this choice comes at a price

15th April 2018

Photo: dcangelito Flickr Wearing a hijab is not a matter of religion, but of culture, despite what Western media might have us believe. Kamel Mekhelef, President of the Muslim Association of Córdoba, says that some females in Spain choose to cover their hair, and some choose not to. However, those who do wear headscarves seem […]

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