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Spanish Associations Unite to Protest Immigration Law and Call for Safeguarding the Rights of Immigrants

On December 18, 2017

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ADHRRF — On the afternoon of December 16, 2017, a procession, which aims to defend the human rights of immigrants and call on the government to modify the current immigration law, was held in Plaza de Lavapiés in Madrid and Plaza Catalunya in Barcelona at the same time by multiple associations and organizations, including the Valiente Bangla Association, Red Solidaria de Acogida, Red Interlavapiés, San Carlos Borromeo, Migrapiés, and so on.

It’s reported that this procession organized by the Valiente Bangla Association was against the discriminatory provisions in the current Spanish immigration law. Through this procession, the organizer hopes to draw more and more attention to immigrant groups and call for a modification of current unequal provisions, so that more people can live legally in Spain, and more cultures and nationalities can better integrate into Spain.

More than 100 people participated in this procession in Madrid. Participants and the locals chanted: “No one is illegal, everyone should have an identity,” “Against exploitation and discrimination,” “We are not invisible,” and even “The Aliens Act is killing people every day.”

Elahi Mohammad Fazle, Chairman of the Valiente Bangla Association, said, “According to the current Spanish immigration law, if the immigrants who have resided in Spain for 3 full years want to get a legal identity, they must have a “high quality” contract. But this is very difficult for most of the immigrants. They have to pay 3,000, 4,000 or even 5,000 euros to buy a contract that meets the requirements of the immigration office, which leads to a massive black market. No doubt that the current immigration law is behind this market. The existence of unequal provisions has made the lives of many immigrants become more difficult. Many people who have been living in Spain for five, ten, or even fifteen years are suffering labor exploitation and discrimination at work because they haven’t got the “high quality” contract that can make them eligible for the legal residence permit.

In the face of violation of immigrants’ human rights, multiple Spanish organizations and institutions unite to call on the government to modify the current immigration law, abolish the provision regarding the “high quality” contract, cancel the language test for naturalization, and so on. This procession received enthusiastic support and response from local residents.

The protest in Madrid. (Photo: Liu Chen)
Ms. Maite, Chairman of Senda de Cuidado, calls for the abolition of immigration law. (Photo: Liu Chen)
Elahi Mohammad Fazle, Chairman of the Valiente Bangla Association is giving a speech. (Photo: Liu Chen)

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