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What connects ISIS and the refugees streaming to Europe. Europe's migrant crisis: Spain's cities open doors to refugees. It all started with a Facebook post.

Europe's migrant crisis: Spain's cities open doors to refugees

As August rolled to a close, Barcelona’s new left-wing mayor Ada Colau posted an emotional plea on her Facebook feed. Decrying the hundreds of migrants drowned in the Mediterranean and the 71 people found dead in a refrigerator truck in Austria, she called on European citizens to put aside their fear of the “other” and for governments to offer aid and empathy instead of warnings about how helping refugees would inspire more to come.

“Europe, Europeans: open your eyes,” she wrote. “Either we deal with a human drama using the capacity to love that makes us human, or we will end up dehumanized.” And, in what almost seemed like an afterthought, Colau said that Barcelona would do what it could to participate in a network of refugee cities. The reaction was swift. Separately, citizens and local politicians in other parts of Europe have also been taking steps to address the refugee crisis. But, Rumbaut says, taking them in pays off in the long term. Spain illegal immigration jumps by two-thirds. The number of illegal immigrants arriving in Spain jumped by 68 percent during 2014, the majority entering via Spain's north African territories using fake documentation.

Spain illegal immigration jumps by two-thirds

The number of illegal immigrants entering Spain through Ceuta and Melilla alone increased by more than half during 2014 compared to the year before with a surge in refugees arriving from Syria. But although the headlines have given the most attention to those attempting to cross into the enclaves by climbing the fences, the majority of those who entered Spain did so with forged documentaton presented at the border. The total of 12,549 illegal immigrants in 2014 was a big jump from the year before when 7,472 entered Spain illegally, according to Spanish Interior Ministry information.

Fun Spain Facts for Kids - Interesting Information about Spain. The Spanish name for Spain is España.

Fun Spain Facts for Kids - Interesting Information about Spain

The Spanish language is spoken in many areas of the world due to the early influence of the Spanish Empire. Spain is located in Europe. It is a developed country with a high quality of life. Fun Facts about Spain - Spanish Customs. 20 Reasons to Drop Everything and Go to Spain. 1.)

20 Reasons to Drop Everything and Go to Spain

The Mediterranean coast is paradise Spain’s long, sandy Atlantic beaches and cozy Mediterranean coves are rightly famous throughout Europe. That most get over 300 days of sun a year doesn’t hurt either. (Photo by Naxos). Spain - Animal Welfare and Cultural Issues. There have been changes to animal welfare laws in Spain in recent years.

Spain - Animal Welfare and Cultural Issues

For a long time the welfare of animals has been considered to be a minor issue and many pet owners have not treated their pets with kindness. It is now a criminal offence to hurt a domestic animal and fines of up to €100,000 can be handed out to those who break the law. The law also covers farm animals, including their transportation and living conditions as well as animals which are being used as part of medical research.

However, the law does not make any mention of the treatment of bulls during bullfighting or the use of other animals in other fiestas. Spain: Religion in Spain, Religious beliefs and organizations, Spain is a Christian country where some 77 per. Geography and Map of Spain. King Felipe of Spain turns 47: 10 facts about the royal. King Felipe of Spain celebrates his 47th birthday on 30 January.

King Felipe of Spain turns 47: 10 facts about the royal

The handsome royal, who will be marking his first birthday as Spain's king, is expected to spend the birthday with his wife Queen Letizia and daughters Leonor and Sofia. To honour the occasion, HELLO! Online presents ten facts you may not have known about the popular monarch. King Felipe is Europe's youngest monarch 1. 2. 3.

When Felipe was born his father Juan Carlos was not yet Spain's king 4. 5. Felipe and Letizia have been together since 2003 6. 7. The couple on their wedding day in 2004 8. 9. How Spain Recovered from the Economic Crisis. It almost looks like the highly productive and stereotypically spotless Swabia region of Germany.

How Spain Recovered from the Economic Crisis

So orderly. So accurate. One glassed-in company headquarters after the next. Only the park benches on the sidewalks betray the fact that Alcobendas is near Madrid, and not an industrial area near Stuttgart -- the sun shines more often here. Mercedes Benz, which is based in Stuttgart, also has a base here. He has reason to be in a good mood. Q&A: Spain's problems explained. Worries are increasing that Spain may become the fourth eurozone country to require a full bailout.

Q&A: Spain's problems explained

It has already asked for help with its banks - its main problem - and will receive up to 100bn euros ($125bn; £80bn) to be targeted at its financial sector. An audit has now revealed that its banks may need two-thirds of that amount to cover its bad property assets in a worst-case scenario. But with the recession in the country deepening it is struggling to balance its books and further pressure is coming from its regional governments, who are starting to ask Madrid for financial help to deal with their own debt issues. What went wrong with Spain? Spain's story illustrates the fact that the eurozone's problems run far deeper than the issue of excessive borrowing by ill-disciplined governments.

Greece, Portugal and Italy all had way too much debt. Spain - Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette. Welcome to our guide to Spain!

Spain - Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette

This is useful for anyone researching Spanish culture, customs, manners, etiquette, values and wanting to understand the people better. You may be going to Spain on business, for a visit or even hosting Spanish colleagues or clients in your own country. Remember this is only a very basic level introduction and is not meant to stereotype all Spanish people you may meet! Facts and Statistics Location: Southwestern Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay, Mediterranean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean, and Pyrenees Mountains, southwest of France Capital: Madrid Climate: temperate; clear, hot summers in interior, more moderate and cloudy along coast; cloudy, cold winters in interior, partly cloudy and cool along coast Population: 40,280,780 (July 2004 est.)

Spain - Government and society. Government structure of spain.