Immigration in Catalonia: E Pluribus Unum

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In recent years, Catalonia and Spain as a whole have experienced a dramatic, on-going increase in their volume of international immigration, consequently reaching a level of socio-cultural “mixedness” or ethnocultural hybridity that compares with countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom or France. The number of “mixed” (bi-national or bicultural) unions and families has increased steadily. Nonetheless, the causes, meanings and consequences of this current mixing have not yet been studied in depth; for example, research is needed on the relationship between mixing and social integration/mobility outcomes and on the ways in which the development of mixed/hybrid identities may lead to new ways of understanding national identity and belonging. Since the processes of both mixing and segregation can shed light on inter-group relations within a given society and on the extent to which social divisions may exist between certain groups, the findings derived from a thorough investigation and analysis of these processes in Catalonia may contribute greatly to the directions in which the Catalan society of the future is headed: ideally towards a society that is diverse (pluribus) yet cohesive (unum) and equitable. To produce a meaningful body of knowledge that helps to further this objective is, therefore, the ultimate goal of the project E PluribusUnum: Immigration, Hybridity and Social Cohesion by Dan Rodríguez-García, UAB Aposta Award-winner 2011.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalUAB-Divulga - Science Journal
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


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