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Italy and Spain: Opening Pandora’s Box?
Italy and Spain: Opening Pandora’s Box?
Introduction

Juan López moved to Spain from Peru and opened a small bar in the Aluche district of Madrid. Speaking with a Financial Times journalist in 2014, he said that: ‘Half of the people I know have already left, and people are still leaving … I ask them: Why are you leaving Spain? The answer is always the same: there is nothing left here for me. If I have to be hungry, I would rather be hungry at home’. In the 1990s and 2000s Spain was one of Europe’s key immigrant destinations with high levels of immigration associated with the growth and modernisation of the Spanish economy. The devastating effects of the economic crisis ...

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