In brief

Nationalia publishes dossier on Catalonia’s Armenian community

Armenian, Catalan authors describe origins, current affairs of the group

Nationalia and its publisher CIEMEN have released the dossier “El poble armeni a Catalunya” (“The Armenian People in Catalonia”), in which Armenian and Catalan authors describe the origins and current situation of the Armenian community in Catalonia and focus on essential aspects of the national life of this people, such as language, the struggle for the recognition of the genocide, the Karabakh conflict, and the position of women.

This is the first time that a dossier is devoted exclusively to the Armenian community in Catalonia, which currently numbers around 5,000 people, most of whom arrived during the 1990s, after the collapse of the USSR. The dossier looks at the situation in both Spain’s autonomous community of Catalonia and France’s Northern Catalonia.

The dossier, which is available in Catalan, has been coordinated by Nationalia’s David Forniès, and features chapters by Queralt Castillo, Elmira Baldryan, Seda Hakobyan, Emma Hakobyan, Lluís Dagues, and Levón Grigorián, as well as an interview with the presidents of the Armenian Cultural Association of Barcelona, Datev Soulian, and the Armenian Association in Catalonia Ararat, Sarkis Hakobyan.

The dossier is the tenth title in the Collective Rights Collection, published by Nationalia as part of the Som Part global justice education project promoted by CIEMEN since 2015, which addresses the rights of communities living in Catalonia who, currently or in the recent past, have been minoritised in their countries of origin.