Researcher & BRIDGES Assistant Coordinator
Political discourses of exclusion have become prominent in the public and political agendas across all Europe. Spain is no exception, especially since the rise of the extreme right-wing party VOX in the last few years. Against such discourses, several actors of the civil society have organised to claim changes in the narratives and in the policy and legal frameworks to guarantee migrants’ rights and reduce structural inequalities. After a first mapping of fifteen recent initiatives that stand out for their innovative strategies and their success in spreading inclusive narratives across all Spain, two of them were selected for an in-depth analysis: Stop Mare Mortum (SMM) and RegularizaciónYa (RY).
Drawing on a qualitative methodological approach based on interviews and desk-research, this Working Paper examines both initiatives along five key dimensions: the nature of the narratives they promote; the audience they target; the composition of the actors promoting them; their ambition; and the media, political and social impact achieved.