Knocking on our door

Refugees crossing the Mediterranean

Every year, thousands of illegal immigrants enter Spain and the other countries of the European Union to escape poverty and war. Because of their long coastlines, Spain and other southern European countries are becoming popular destinations for these would-be immigrants. But once in Spain, many of the foreigners wind up on the margins of society. Even the lucky ones have to wait years to legalise their situation. Immigrant groups are calling on Spain and the European Union to review their policies. 

Producer: Eric Beauchemin

Broadcast: November 14, 1997