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Migratory growth and urban practices

The categories of “immigrant” and “cosmopolitan” overlap when a major part of the inhabitants of the metropolis of Barcelona is formed by people of very diverse conditions and positions who weave together economic, social and cultural links between diverse worlds, thanks to advances in communications and transport.

To what extent is this a unique situation when compared to other historical moments of rapid migratory growth?
The exhibition covers the transnational practices of the most recent Barcelonians in search of new concepts to explore the historical changes relating to migrations.
During the years of expansion in the last decade, the metropolis of Barcelona has become globalised, has confronted new challenges and has acquired new possibilities.

Globalisation has not only affected the elites and big companies, as was thought so during the times of the Olympic Barcelona, but migratory growth has also made the entire city more dynamic.


Barcelona has unexpectedly undergone an intense human change that is visible in its streets, companies and shops, and also in its homes, with the people who are under its care.

One in every six citizens of the metropolis were born outside of Spain, and their putting down roots in the city and in Catalonia has happened at the same time as the upholding of connections with their villages, towns and cities of origin.

The concepts of “immigrant” and “cosmopolitan” have merged. Love, money and business circulate via locutorios, mobile phones and the Internet, and transnational networks have been created connecting Barcelona with many other points on the planet.

The great city is an effective melting pot that is able to convert all these links into a factor of social and cultural innovation, providing they are inserted into the historical trajectory of Barcelona and that differences in rights and economic precariousness does not nullify their potential.