Sabadell is a town in Catalonia and is the co-capital of Vallés Occidental region and, according to January 2013 data, has a total of 207,773 counted citizens. Close to the city of Barcelona (some 26 km) it is the fifth biggest city in Catalonia. In recent history, specifically the 19th and 20th centuries, the city spearheaded the industrialisation process in Catalonia, particularly the textile industry, becoming thus Spain’s most important wool centre, acquiring “the Catalan Manchester” as a nickname.
As of 2000, Sabadell has undergone a significant shift in its demographic as a result of the foreign immigration which has affected Spain in general. As such Sabadell has welcomed citizens from countries all over the world, including Latin America, Africa and Asia. This translates into an increase of foreign population from 1% to 11.65%, 13.2% at its peak in 2010 (source: Local Registers, National Statistics Institute). With regards to the counted foreign population profile, and in accordance with Jan 2013 data, 43.6% of the afore mentioned citizens are of Latin American original (mainly Bolivia and Ecuador), 30.9% are of African origin (generally Moroccan) and 7.11% of Asian origin (mainly China and Pakistan).
In light of this new socio-demographic situation and the challenges this reality poses, the town council established the Intercultural Council in 2006, which in 2007 was renamed the Office for New Citizens, offering welcoming, information and guidance services to newly arrived citizens. This office preceded the consequent Immigrants and Returning Catalan Residents law, approved by Catalonia’s parliament in 2010.
In the current 2012/16 administration immigration and coexistence policies are managed by the Council for Civil Rights and Citizens, which sets out in its Plan Director 2011/15 goals the following with regard to foreign residents: (i) continue the development of necessary tools for the welcoming of recent arrivals, with the help of the local community; (ii) promote creation of associations while supporting a network of powerful speakers working towards inclusion, diversity and civil rights in a bid to strengthen civil society; (c) citizen education, providing tools to confront prejudices and stereotypes, showing proactive approach in the struggle against perceptions, encouraging critical thinking; (d) encourage associations to projects promoting intercultural, inter-personal and inter-generational strategies which promote areas for association, experiences exchange and mutual understanding, placing high value on diversity.
- Video network presentation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKlln7nSBWM
- Don’t get taken in by school rumours https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-Tjmd4IAU8#t=19
- Video about awareness of rumours and arguments to fight them https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnYWWIss4wM
- Video: Sabadell as an intercultural city https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99EzMaKgRq8
- Video: C4i Project Presentation. Daniel de Torres https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ8GvhpIjMI
- Video: c4i Project Presentation. Miguel Essomba https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JuZuUdWJFM
- Video: It is said that immigrants abuse grants and benefits https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbbwAMU_tXw
- Video: It is said that foreign traders do not pay taxes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbbwAMU_tXw
- Video: The negative impact of immigrant children in schools https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6URP-O0WKgM
- Video: It is said that immigrants misuse and abuse the healthcare system https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOXFM2jru_s
- Video: It is said that immigrants have little interest in integrating into the town https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dArYLcCYRGg
- Video: Change your point of view. Coexistence rap https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Okn_uT5-FA
- Videos: Theatre workshops “Convivim com” https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-qT7JrinZ0KFUhXTJdfhADGWsepdBx02