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Yes, who would have expected this situation 10 years ago? I did a research for an article some months ago and I found out that in the last 15 or 20 years, millions of Latin Americans migrated to Spain in search of work and quality of life. In 2010, 30% of the nearly 5 million immigrants came from South America, especially Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. Now, many have left because of the disastrous situation of the Spanish economy.
During those years, would you say that we have become good friends? Not at all. Spanish and Latino people don´t mix up. There are a lot of prejudice and racism in Spain, where Latinos are often called “sudacas” or, more offensive, “panchitos.” We listen to different music, watch different movies, eat different things. Yes, Latino restaurants are everywhere and there are almost entirely Latino neighborhoods, but they are “for them”, not “for us.” But in my opinion, the prejudice is mutual… which is a shame. The truth is we share the language, but the background and the cultures are very different (I have a sister-in law from Peru). I don´t really think we are xenophobic by nature, maybe when we are struggling we all become more selfish and primitive.
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