[QODLink]
Witness
Little England
Spain is a hot spot for northern Europeans, but local anger is growing over immigration.
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2009 10:59 GMT

Watch part two

Filmmakers: Frederic Traini and Justin Webster

With a 75 per cent foreign population made up of Britons, Germans and other Europeans, San Fulgencio, a town of 11,000 in the Spanish province of Alicante and traditionally a homogeneous city, has become a sort of open-door laboratory on immigration.

Thousands of northern Europeans, tired of the damp and cold, are moving south to start new lives in sunny Spain.

It is something of an irony that, once there, many try to re-create the lives they were so desperate to leave back home.

The locals are bemused by their new neighbours - but with up to three quarters of a million Britons spending most of the year there, they cannot be dismissed.

Economists agree that the influx of tourists and foreigners seeking an alternative or second home in the sun has been crucial to Spain's ten-year economic boom.

The first signs of friction are beginning to emerge, however. The future may not be as simple as it once appeared.

As corruption scandals over excessive building across Spain are provoking a change in mood, Spaniards are not quite so ready to be patronised, and are certainly not as desperate for the cash.

Filmmaker Justin Webster investigates the growing tensions - on both sides - over white immigration. 

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
Country
Featured on Al Jazeera
Muslim volunteers face questioning and threat of arrest, while aid has been disrupted or blocked, charities say.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
Featured
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Since she was 16-years-old, Scottish Nationalist Party's Sturgeon has strove for independence from the UK.
Armed group's ransom success with German hostages marks a re-emergence, as authorities investigate ISIL links.
Western nations are moving into the resource-rich country after decades of disinterest, challenging China's interests.