Residency Documents for All! Notes to Understand the Movement of Migrants in Barcelona

Authors

  • Amarela Varela Autonomous University of Mexico City

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25071/1920-7336.32083

Keywords:

Barcelona, Spain, undocumented migrants, social movements, migrant-led, regularization, political identity

Abstract

This text focuses on a concrete example of the political struggle of migrants which, beginning in the last decade and continuing to the present, occupies Catalan public space in the form of an extremely novel social movement led by migrants from the post-colonial peripheries. These migrants, upon installing themselves in the Spanish state and more specifically in the city of Barcelona, choose to escape the position of victim assigned to them by the “miserablist” representation of immigration to become agents and political subjects. This article is a socio-analytic reconstruction about this social movement which demands the unconditional regularization of all migrants without papers who live in Spain.

Published

2011-04-21

How to Cite

Varela, A. (2011). Residency Documents for All! Notes to Understand the Movement of Migrants in Barcelona. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 26(2), 121–132. https://doi.org/10.25071/1920-7336.32083