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Immigration into Spain

Evolution and Socio-educational Challenges

Jordi Garreta-Bochaca

In the last fifty years Spain has experienced major changes regarding population movements and the perception the Spanish have concerning emigration and immigration as well as emigrants and immigrants. In short, in a few years it has gone from emigrating to receiving a significant flow of foreign immigration to again becoming issuers of people to Europe while immigration is still reaching the Spanish borders. All of this has led to growth in Spain’s interest in the study of international migration, its impacts on the origin and destination, designed integration policies and their implementation, as well as international comparisons. The volume presents the evolution of the migration phenomenon, the creation and maintenance of transnational networks, the most relevant factors for exclusion and social integration, the demands and forms of intervention of the social workers who work with persons of foreign origin as well as the institutional response given from social services, the evolution of immigrant students in schools and educational policies on cultural diversity in the Spanish educational system, the development of associations, and other important questions about «Immigration into Spain: Evolution and Socio-educational Challenges».

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Intercultural mediation in the Spanish context: Theories, experiences and challenges


Abstract: A summary of the stages, models and practice of the beginnings of intercultural mediation in Spain, focusing especially on Catalonia and the field of education. In a society where a discourse of respect and appreciation of cultural diversity is dominant, we believe that, if well designed, mediation can be one of the resources that can improve intercultural and interethnic relations in general and in particular, as we have seen in the empirical part, in the school. Taking this heterogeneity into consideration leads to latent situations and demands appearing that pose new challenges for the educational institution, as well as requiring a review of the discourses and practices. The experiences collected point towards a questioning and the ambiguity of the term, as its theoretical meaning has little to do with the practice that has been carried out, while progress towards the semi-professionalisation of this figure can be perceived.

Keywords: Diversity, intercultural mediation, stages, studies, professionalisation, immigration

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