Latin American Immigrants in Barcelona.
Spain is recognized as one of the new immigration countries in Europe. Since 1996 this country has changed dramatically from having been a country that people left to be a country that people move to. During the past 10 years, thank's to the rapid growth of the construction and service sectors, the population with foreign decent has increased and now amounts to 13,5% of the country's total population. The majority of the new citizens of Spain have come from Latin America, primarily from Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia and the Dominican Republic. It is estimated that there are around 6 million foreigners in Spain and Barcelona is the second city to has a largest latin american community. In Barcelona it is estimated that 18% of the population is immigrated. Ten years ago, the immigrants were the answer to Barcelona growing economy, but as a consequence of the crisis that hit Spain in 2008 the immigrants are now rather seen as the source of the economic problems. This story aims at portraying the daily life of the new citizens of Barcelona on order to widen the discussion about the immigrants and their role in the society. This story is part of a documentary photo project called The new citizens of Barcelona and has been published in 2010 by several media like: Mondaphoto of Mexico, the newspaper El Telegrafo and Expreso from Ecuador and the photodocumentary latin american magazine Sueno de la Razón.
In the picture:
The face of Danny Rosado from the Dominican Republic reflects in the glass of the window of the train that takes her to her home in Barcelona. Danny came to Barcelona in 2003 and started to work as a domestic assistant. In 2008 she got married to Emilio (spanish) and moved with him to a single room in a shared apartment with an ecuatorian family living in Cornella. After she moved to live with her husband, she worked taking care of her mother in law who had Alzheimer's disease.