Students venture into the world of migration

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Students at parish of San Bernar Calbó in Poblenou

Text: Bárbara Trías

Students of International Relations did ​​a work session on migration in the Mediterranean with Fardosa Seleban, Mama Samba, Kheraba Drame and Mamadou Dia, four immigrants from Senegal and Somalia who arrived by different routes, including small boats, to the Spanish and European coasts.

In their testimonies, they explained the reasons for their trips to Europe, the gap between their expectations and reality and the respect for human rights that they found in every stage of their journey. The first-hand testimonies allowed the students to reflect on, among other things, economic inequality, legislation on immigration and the lack of democraticacy in the societies on the two sides of the Mediterranean sea.

Professors Lawrence Ampofo, Manuel Manonelles and Onno Seroo organized this session as part of the final debate on migration in the Mediterranean which the students are preparing. The session took place in the parish of San Bernar Calbó in Poblenou, with the help of Francesc Romeu, Professor of Religious Journalism, who is very involved in defending the rights of immigrants.