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A Barcelona restaurant that tells refugee tales
by Sophie Davies
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21 June 2018
On 21 June 2018 Thomson Reuters Foundation reported:
Tucked away in a medieval Spanish square, an unconventional restaurant is training refugees and telling their stories, hoping to change the lives of migrants and how people see them. Espai Mescladis is both a restaurant and culinary school -- and part publishing house.
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It trains migrants from as far afield as Venezuela, Senegal, and Pakistan to cook and cater so they have a better shot at finding jobs and integrating in Catalan life. The interns also get help with asylum paperwork, and customers get insight into what it is to be new, penniless, and scared in a strange land.
The social enterprise was founded in 2005 by Argentine entrepreneur Martin Habiague ... 'Immigration has always interested me. I'm a migrant here and my family were immigrants to Argentina from Europe, going back generations,' he said in an interview.
With mistrust of migrants on the rise in many Western societies, Habiague said it was important to stress the positives of incomers who 'bring richness to a culture'.
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