Migration and immigration are high on any nation’s agenda but have particular resonance in Europe in light of recent events. The new edition of this book has been fully updated in this respect and explores: • Immigration policy in individual EU nations • The treatment of migrants, including immigrant policies • The development and effects of the Shengen agreement • The movement towards common EU policies. It looks specifically at the contexts of Britain, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Greece and Turkey as well as a examining the changing nature of migration dynamics in central and Eastern Europe. This book is a significant and timely analysis suitable for students of migration at any level.
Chapter 8: Italy and Spain: Opening Pandora’s Box?
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 ...