19 Oct, 2023 @ 14:30
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Spain’s far-right Vox party proposes restricting immigration from Muslim countries

Santiago Abascal
Vox leader Santiago Abascal in a file photo.

SPAIN’S far-right party Vox has proposed a motion for debate in the Congress of Deputies that would see immigration from Muslim countries restricted. The speaker’s committee of the lower house of parliament will have to decide in the coming days whether or not to accept it. 

According to a statement released via the Vox website, the party wants to ‘end the massive wave of illegal immigration that is in particular blighting the Canary Islands in recent months and Spain for many years now’. 

Meanwhile, in the legislative motion itself the party is calling for the ‘suspension of Spanish nationality processes’, as well as residency permits, for ‘immigrants arriving from countries with Islamic culture, until their correct and peaceful integration in our territory can be guaranteed’. 

Santiago Abascal
Vox leader Santiago Abascal in a file photo.

In the preamble to the main text, the party equates immigrants with Jihadist terrorists, as well as making an alarmist interpretation of the official statistics related to the numbers of Moroccan nationals who have secured Spanish nationality. 

Speaking to Spanish daily El Pais, the former president of the Pro Human Rights Association in Spain, Manuel Olle, said he saw the initiative as openly xenophobic and also contravening United Nations’ international pacts on human rights. 

All of the legal experts consulted by the newspaper, in fact, agreed that such a measure would fly in the face of the human rights agreements to which Spain has signed up. 

What’s more, discriminating against Muslims would also contravene Spain’s Constitution, which guarantees the right of religious freedom. 

As such there are doubts among experts as to whether the speaker’s committee could even accept the proposal for debate by lawmakers in Congress.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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