Tarragona is the home of diversity and contradictions

EuroMed Training Course Towards Dialogue 24th September 2009

 Results of the Research Exploration of the Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue in Tarragona (Catalonia)


While some of Catalans sell their homes in order to abandon the neighborhood were the immigrants arrived, we find other groups which welcome the integration.

 Interview a "Casteller"

Unfortunately, great number of immigrants is forced to live in the peripherals of Tarragona due to economic constraints. Some of the locals still refuse to intermingle with the immigrants for excuses such as noises but, we believe that these are just a cover for deeper fear that prevents the coexistence and integration.


Furthermore, in districts such as Sant Salvador and Camp Clar, schools receive the majority of the immigrants in the city. A teacher indicated that the children in the school are friends but, the school suffers from lack of communication with parents.

 Castells in Tarragona

However, Tarragona has a rich net of local associations and the majority of them such as the “Castellers” are recipients and helpful to the immigrants. “Castellers” are the one who build the “Castell” which is a human tower build traditionally in festivals in Catalonia. This is very much true and is attributed to the practical values of Castellers which are trust, team building, and every one is needed to realize one common goal.


Jordi, one of the Castellers, said that they act as a platform for the integration; in the group there are people from all ages, social classes, and cultural backgrounds. Also, he added that they go to schools where they invite children to join the “Castellers”.


In conclusion, the situation in Tarragona is diverse and there are other problems to attend, but also solutions exist.


Children… the relationship or the friendship of children at school could be the hope of the future.

7 thoughts on “Tarragona is the home of diversity and contradictions

  1. Ljuba

    I completely agree. I was reflecting the same: the castells looked to me as the place for dialogue in many aspects: intercultural ( we could see a black boy taking part, for instance), intergender – the man and women doing it togehter sharing the same weight, the intergenrational as well – older and young and children. I love this!
    BUT!!! i was as well reflecting about the safety of the children and their rights – the youngest, do they have choice to be on the top? – some little seemed to me to be younger than 3 years old…

  2. ERIKA

    are there associations in tarragona which really work for the intercultural dialogue and directly with immigrants ? do people know them? and cooperate maybe. do volunteers of the med area come for having an experience in spain of voluntary work or of working in ngo s?

  3. Gabriella

    It is interesting, and at the same time sad, that the situation of immigrants is the same in most European Countries…but the example of the “castellers” give us the hope that informal and non-formal activities – and arts in general – will contribute actively to build a new world.


    for me that Castells are a metaphore that represent the hiearchy that exist in the traditional societies, but i think that having a children at the top, is what world shoul do nowadays, all we should support the children to grow up in a perfect way, but also to protect them from any kind of danger.

  5. mark

    hey! interesting insights you get there. Like the way people are responding too. my feeling is: who is to judge?
    take care and keep on!

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