Just over a year ago, Barcelona named itself the ‘Refugee City’ as part of a two-year endeavour to fulfill Spain’s promise to the European Union to resettle struggling refugees. The original proposal meant to accommodate 9.323 refugees, however, more than a year later, the whole of Spain has opened its doors to just 394 of them.
The city of Barcelona itself has promised to provide education, housing and counselling to those in need. City councillors have assured the government that they are prepared for the influx of refugees. Ignaso Calbo, the coordinator of Barcelona's ‘Refugee City’ plan, made his disappointment clear as he lamentably explained how Barcelona has so far only fulfilled 4% of their intake quota with one year to go. However, Calbo strongly believes that the Spanish government is culpable for this idleness and inaction.