MELTING DOWN IN AN EVER STRANGER SOCIETY

Pako Sudupe

2019-11-02, ZUZEU.

Abstract:

The author Pako Sudupe addresses a tricky and controversial issue in this article, namely, immigration. Thousands of people are flowing into the Basque Country during the last years, as data clearly reveal. For example, in the west of the Basque Country, or Basque Autonomous Community, 28% of the offspring are born to foreign parents. The mass influx of immigrants and the low birth rates in autochthonous population are shifting the demographic trends of our society.

The author, quoting the deceased writer Nemesio Etxaniz, holds that “we do not need lose our Basque identity if we receive aliens at our home without measure. We should receive only those we are able to accommodate with no detriment to our home and identity”.

While steering away of xenophobic positions, Sudupe is adamant that sensitivity towards immigration cannot play against Basque culture and identity. No doubt, a topic well worth a thought.