“The project of constructing a Western European identity without much space for immigrants brought a mix of laws, verbal affirmations of hate, and even blood-ridden attacks this summer of 2011.”
So opens a disturbing article in Global Voices, written by Ana Lucia Sa, and translated by Marianna Breytman.
Immigrants Unsurprised By Norway Attacks
The author goes on to quote Abuy Nfubea, president of the Pan-African Federation of Black Communities in Spain. In an article entitled “Is there really someone that is surprised by Norway’s racist crimes?”, the author points out immigrants in Spain who ride the metro, for example, are constantly being stopped and asked for documentation.
Writing of the Norway attacks, he states, “…it is not perplexing, that we saw it coming, and that is the worst thing about THIS ABOMINABLE CRIME.”
This is indeed a disturbing thought.
How Large Is The Immigrant Population In Spain?
According to The Guardian, the number of immigrants registered as living in Spain has increased more than sixfold over the last 10 years. Some 5.6 million non-Spaniards were registered as living in the country in 2009, accounting for 12% of the population, an increase of 400,000 on 2008.
And it seems that many Spaniards are not happy about this.
Sa quotes a survey on opinions of the number of immigrants from NeoBandam:
46% feel that this is “excessive,” 33% feel it is “elevated,” and 17% feel it is “acceptable.”
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