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Catalonia unites in cross-party commitment to 'responsible' migration debate

Election rivals agree on moderate language to combat racism

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01 April 2019 06:28 PM

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Daniel Wittenberg | Barcelona

All of Catalonia's elected parties have come together to sign a pledge for a "responsible debate on immigration", denouncing racism and xenophobia.

Ahead of what are expected to be heated campaigns for April's Spanish general election and May's European and local elections, representatives of the eight groups in the Catalan parliament agreed a cross-party manifesto for promoting diversity and the benefits of immigration.

"Crucial" compromise

Catalan president Quim Torra has called for politicians of all stripes to "commit to stopping the rise of discrimination, racism and xenophobia" by toning down their rhetoric on migration.

The parties also vowed to ensure their views on immigration are based on reliable data.

Following a roundtable meeting of 50 groups which represent minorities or have committed to fighting discrimination, President Torra praised a "crucial" compromise between competing parties from left to right, both pro- and anti-independence.

Recent incidents

Four attacks in Catalonia have been denounced as racist in the six weeks since the snap election was called, three of which targeted unaccompanied immigrant minors at housing shelters.

The latest, taking place last week, involved security guards at a train station in Barcelona.

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  • Catalan president Quim Torra speaks to anti-racism campaigners

  • Catalan president Quim Torra speaks to anti-racism campaigners

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