Author Pako Sudupe tackles a thorny, controversial topic in this article: immigration. As happened with Catalonia, The Basque Nation also received a massive wave of Spanish immigration during the 1960s, and in the last few years – again just like Catalonia – it is receiving a new immigration wave from outside Europe.
It is an undeniable fact that this has a direct influence on our language’s sociolinguistic development, since all of the immigrants are non-Basque-speakers.
We cannot deny the newcomers are the ones who must be integrated into the host country, and not the other way around. And for this purspose they have to be provided with educational training and adaptation courses, as it is the case – and most successfully so – in Catalonia.