9th Conference European Sociological Association

RS10 Socio-Anthropology of Trans-national Migrations and Migrants' Families

2009-09-05 15:30:00 2009-09-05 17:00:00 Saturday, 5 September 15:30 - 17:00 How Migrants Use New Technologies and Change World Cities Building II, C2.05

Andean Immigration and the Reshaping of Contemporary Madrid

From 1990s to the present, international immigration to Spain - from the European Union (EU), other European countries, and other continents - has increased at high levels. The proposed project is set to investigate four of the five largest ethnic groups - populations from the Andean Region of South America: Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, the majority of whom are of Mestizo (Spanish and Native) origin - in Madrid, Spain, and how a population that has risen from 3, 272 (1998) to 406, 410 (2007) influences the social, political, and cultural re-construction of this global city.

The focus of this study is the transformation of social, cultural, and political discourses and practices concerning the hybridization of Madrid's population with immigrants from Andean countries as the principal subjects of study. At the same time, this transnational phenomenon posits the possible need to re-conceptualize the notion of community, national identity, and citizenship. Migrants' activities in such spheres within a large urban centre can have significant effects on national ideologies of membership and citizenship, and community. The project will discuss how immigrants contribute to a (re)definition of culture, politics, and identity through the more constant inter-relations between people that share a common geographical space.

The research considers Andean immigration within the following debates: 1) Immigrants are partaking in the development of the "city" and becoming less associated with the margins of society; and 2) the re-spatialization of social, cultural, and political space within Madrid.

Note: The fifth in this group are Romanians, which being an EU member state, falls outside the scope of the project
These are official numbers published by the Spanish National Institute of Statistics