Emigration: They Just Won't Mix

By Montague, James | New Statesman (1996), January 7, 2008 | Go to article overview

Emigration: They Just Won't Mix


Montague, James, New Statesman (1996)


The class began badly. "Como se llama?" the teacher asked hopefully. I was stumped. I might have been living in L'Alcudia, 20 miles south of Valencia, for ten months, but I'd managed to bumble through trips to the supermarket or post office with a shrug and a "Si, gracias". This time, I had come unstuck.

Mohammad, a Moroccan electrician, intervened. "She wants your name," he whispered helpfully. It was my first Spanish lesson for immigrants, under a government-subsidised scheme that gives migrant workers basic language skills. Moroccan butchers, Georgian gardeners and Romanian housewives fill the seats in the strip-lit room, eager to learn. For [euro]3 ([pounds sterling]2.10) a year, you get four hours of evening classes a week in intermediate Spanish to help fill out forms, buy a stamp or pick up some milk. It's a forward-thinking scheme that seems to benefit everyone. Except for one group: the British.

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

Despite there being between one and one and a half million of us living in Spain, I was the only Brit in the class. For the teachers, that was no surprise. "The English live apart, with their own jobs and own bars. They close themselves off," explained Juan, who has been teaching immigrants Spanish for 25 years at L'Alcudia's Enric Valor college. "They just don't try to integrate with the Spanish." This year's course has been the most popular yet, he said, with 60 immigrants filling three classes. Another 25 are on the waiting list. "We have a few Scots in the advanced class, but that's the most British we have ever had."

According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, 58,000 people left for Spain in 2004-2005 and the number is rising. More people emigrated from the UK in 2006 than has ever been recorded by the ONS. Yet, for the Spanish, this group of immigrants is proving problematic. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Emigration: They Just Won't Mix
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.