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| Biannual Journal | Open on-line Issue: N. 8 | Vol. 8(2), 2018 |            
Article - Vol. 8(2), 2018:
Venezuelan emigration to Spain in Bolivarian revolution times (1998-2017)
By Tomás Páez & Mauricio Phélan

   Venezuela during the twentieth century was a country receiving international migration. The status of immigrant nation changed in the new century, from being a country of attraction, to a nation of expulsion. The objective of this paper is to descriptively analyze the mobility of population from Venezuela to Spain during the period 1998 – 2017, period that coincides with the Bolivarian revolution time. The study is mainly carried out using official Spanish statistical series of the Padron Continuo, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Labor. For the analysis of the migration from Venezuela to Spain, a periodization is adopted in three moments, based on political, economic, social and cultural events that took place in Venezuela since 1998. To date, 255.071 Venezuelans have arrived. The arrival of population to Spain has been, during the three analyzed moments, regulated, ordered and safe.

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Article - Vol. 8(2), 2018:
Cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue in the city. The case study of Mångkulturellt centrum in the municipality of Botkyrka, Sweden
By Mónica Riaza de los Mozos

   Introduction: The globalized world has facilitated the proliferation of contacts between cultures. This situation has led to cultural and social transformations, often resulting in deep social divergences. Faced with this changing reality, a new debate challenges public policy. And the power of culture as a requirement for peace, a source of well-being and as a resource for sustainable development is more important than ever.
   In order to know the potential of cultural policies in the territory based on a cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue context, this research focuses on cultural policies developed in the municipality of Botkyrka, south of the province from Stockholm (Sweden), through the case study of the Mångkulturellt centrum foundation.
   Method: The qualitative method of research is applied in the study, developing a descriptive and exploratory work, where theory and logic are linked. Through the interpretive paradigm we have managed to study a particular context and emphasize the understanding of human experience. The three techniques applied are the study of the case, the content analysis and focused interviews (semi-structured) to experts from the foundation.
   Results: Mångkulturellt centrum case allows us to study the detailed analysis of the foundation as a project that improves cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue in the territory, we identify successful actions, and we detect challenges faced by local policies at the present.
   Conclusion: The research corroborates the importance of having public organizations that achieve intercultural competences, which are open to intercultural dialogue and work together with the immigrants themselves and other social actors. Projects and practices inspired by intercultural dialogue have the potential to produce new and inclusive values.

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Article - Vol. 8(2), 2018:
Migration and well-being: the importance of a narrative perspective
By Roberta Panzeri

   Although in the history of mankind there has always been geographical mobility, in the last decades international migration is becoming increasingly relevant in the political agenda as a phenomenon of great complexity and difficulty to manage.
   It is common and widely believed that migrants decide to move to improve their conditions and perceived quality of life, but is this always the case?
   Understanding how the outcome of migration reflects initial goals and expectations could benefit both migrants and policymakers dealing with the phenomenon, who may need to attract migrants in the future in order to re-establish demographic gaps in European countries.
   This article collects and critically examines the main explanatory theories present in the literature on the well-being and in particular the subjective well-being of migrants. It then details some weaknesses in the methodologies currently used, which collect synthetic and partial information for a subject as complex and multivariate as post migratory welfare. It finally makes a concrete methodological proposal.
   The final purpose of this article is to demonstrate the importance of the narrative perspective and the thematic analysis in order to study in depth the influence of the migratory experience on human development, the set of capacities and the satisfaction with life (in terms of perceived personal fulfillment and achievement of individual goals) of the migrants. At a social and political level, this would allow for a deeper understanding of the dimensions that compose people's well-being throughout their lives and after a migratory experience; at an academic level, this would allow to improve the range of questions posed in the sociodemographic surveys. Recommendations for future research are provided.

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Article - Vol. 8(2), 2018:
The migration process of the African representatives in Catalonia: expectations and image
By María Paz López Teulón

   This study, in which qualitative methodology has been used (in-depth interviews) with a territorial perspective that covers the scope of Catalonia, focuses on the different reasons that have led the representatives of African associations to migrate to Catalonia, the itinerary made and in what conditions the trip has been made. Beyond presenting the first moments of their stay in Spain and / or Catalonia until reaching the current residence, we are interested in knowing the image they have of the destination country and the perspective on the situation of the African community itself.

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