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Migrant families in northern Spain(30 images)

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In 2005, the indigenous population of Bilbao decreased by 19,000. In contrast, the city saw the arrival of an estimated 16,000 immigrants the same year. This positive aspect of immigration clearly allows Bilbao to maintain a constant population, contributing to the rich life of the city and ensuring it continues to thrive. At the same time the immigrant population is rejuvenating the overall...
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  • Chabela and Goya sit on a sofa inside an old people home in Bilbao. Chabela, from Bolivia, comes every afternoon to visit Gregoria Molina, known as Goya. They talk, walk around the residency when it is raining or go out for a coffee when the weather is good. Goya lives in an old people’s home and Chabela like many other Latin American carers is employed by Goya’s family to take care of her. Chabela has been with Goya for four years now.
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  • An immigrant couple arguing in a park overlooking Bilbao.
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  • "In Bilbao there is much more...behind each shopping"
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  • Chabela helps Goya dress up before going for a walk at an old people home in Bilbao. Chabela, from Bolivia, comes every afternoon to visit Gregoria Molina, known as Goya. They talk, walk around the residency when it is raining or go out for a coffee when the weather is good. Goya lives in an old people’s home and Chabela like many other Latin American carers is employed by Goya’s family to take care of her. Chabela has been with Goya for four years now.
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  • Adverts are displayed on a wall in a telephone booth in Bilbao. Telephone booths are a common place for those arriving from abroad. They can communicate with their loved ones back at home and they can also look for jobs and housing through adverts placed in walls.
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  • Following a car accident Andres is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. For the last two years Rober, a Bolivian carer, has come every day to his home to help him with domestic chores. Since the accident Andres' passion has been gardening and its only with Rober's help that he can do the daily check of his plants. In the last two years they've become very close.
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  • An elephant with money rolled in its trunk is a Bolivian good luck charm.
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  • Following a car accident Andres is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. For the last two years Rober, a Bolivian carer, has come every day to his home to help him with domestic chores. Since the accident Andres’ passion has been gardening and its only with Rober’s help that he can do the daily check of his plants. In the last two years they've become very close.
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  • Izaskun celebrates her birthday with her classmates at her parents apartment in Bilbao. Llanire and Izaskun's parents are a mixed couple. She is from Bilbao and her partner is from Colombia.
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  • Three Muslim women walking on a train platform. In 2008 about 1 in 17 of the city’s population was foreign born. This influx of migrants clearly makes its mark on the city
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  • Two children wash their hands before lunch at Uribarri public school. I visited Uribarri Public School in Bilbao to see how the children of new migrants to Bilbao were settling in with their Spanish classmates. Nowhere is a community’s diversity reflected more strongly than in a school.
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  • A view of the street from the room of Llanire and Izaskun. Llanire and Izaskun’s parents are a mixed couple. She is from Bilbao and her partner is from Colombia.
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  • Back at home Yamile, Chabela’s daughter, gets ready to go to a wedding in the city. Her cousin looks on.
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  • A makeshift bed out in the open. Some immigrants arriving to Bilbao find themselves without job or place to live and are forced to find shelter in the streets.
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  • A young man uses a telephone at a telephone booth in Bilbao.Telephone booths are a common place for those arriving from abroad. They can communicate with their loved ones back at home and they can also look for jobs and housing through adverts placed in walls.
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  • Yamile, Daughter of Chabela, leaves her apartment for a weeding of a Bolivian friend in Bilbao.
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  • Llanire, elder sister of Izaskun, during the birthday party of her sister.. Llanire and Izaskun's parents are a mixed couple. She is from Bilbao and her partner is from Colombia.
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  • An helicopter flies above the city of Bilbao.
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  • Two Bolivian women speak next to a fish tank during a Bolivian wedding in Bilbao.
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  • A Bolivian couple dance at a Bolivian wedding in Bilbao.
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  • Two children blow birthday candles at Uribarri public school. I visited Uribarri Public School in Bilbao to see how the children of new migrants to Bilbao were settling in with their Spanish classmates. Nowhere is a community¬ís diversity reflected more strongly than in a school.
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  • A child eats in a table while a guest kisses the groom at a Bolivian wedding in Bilbao.
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  • A tired South American woman asleep on the metro.
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  • A boy rests his arm next to a soup plate during lunch at Uribarri public school. I visited Uribarri Public School in Bilbao to see how the children of new migrants to Bilbao were settling in with their Spanish classmates. Nowhere is a community’s diversity reflected more strongly than in a school.
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