Dr. Xavier Escandell of the Grinnell College, Iowa will speak on secession and migration in the context of Catalonia.
The increase in the foreign-born population in Catalonia during the 1990s and the first two decades of the 21st century has been paralleled by increasing support for political parties and platforms advocating for the secession of the region of Catalonia from Spain. While the latter process is independent of the former, the Catalan nationalists have presented themselves to be an inclusive and diverse political movement. Nonetheless, more research is needed to assess whether migrants are “buying into” this project. This presentation explores the question of whether pro-European union attitudes or other explanations help elucidate migrants’ reluctance or support for this political movement.