“Illegal” immigrants – Barcelona 1935

June 22nd, 2011 | by nick |

According to police estimates in 1935 there were around 16,000 “illegal” immigrants in Barcelona: including 5,500 Germans, 1,500 Italians. 600 Argentineans, political refugees from dictatorships, but also in the case of the Germans, economic migrants who arrived after the 1929 crash and who made their living selling wares in the streets. They faced the constant threat of deportation from the Republican authorities. Source: Anarchism and the City by Chris Ealham

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