Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2019

Document Type


First Advisor

Andrea Molle

Second Advisor

Lisa Leitz

Third Advisor

Crystal Murphy


The European Union has experienced a refugee influx since 2015. Spain has also seen an increase in the number of refugees since 2015. However, unlike the historical flow of Latin American immigrants, immigrants entering Spain since 2015 are increasingly from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. This can pose an issue towards their integration into Spanish society, as they do not have the same historical and cultural ties to Spain like Latin America. I argue that language is an important resource which allows immigrants to access social capital and resources in the country of reception. The role of language with immigration will be analyzed in the Valencian Community of Spain. Immigration and integration data from Spain are discussed alongside data from 4 other European countries to serve as comparative analysis.

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