Since 2000 the number of foreigners living in Catalonia has apparently risen by 922,200, from 2.9% to 15% of the total population. Roughly 25% are from the EU with another 4% from the rest of Europe, 25% are from Africa, 35% from Central and South America, and 9% from Asia. Spain’s construction boom was based on cheap, unskilled foreign labour, and if there is to be no more construction then it is very difficult to imagine what other legitimate employment will be available in the region for several hundred thousand strong young men with only basic education and little or no knowledge of the only de facto official language. Populist hatemongers may be rubbing their hands, but it is easy to imagine that the rest of us will have cause to wring them.
- “Education for the Citizenship”: deliberately poor translation from the Valencian government?
CASE SOLVED: IN DECEMBER 2008 THE VALENCIAN GOVERNMENT STOPPED GIVING THIS SUBJECT IN ENGLISH Just seen on CNN+, a Valencian teacher teaching
- “Catalan on the road to extinction”
More panic-mongering from the linguacrats: Carme Junyent, director of the low-activity Group for the Study of Threatened Languages at Barcelona University
- evict a language from el pueblo español
We don’t like to say so in public, but we all know that most of the world’s remaining x thousand languages
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< Peter Harvey < John Stone. Scroll down here to understand a bit of where John and his English-Speaking Parents’ Association