Catalonia, one of the most affluent
and industrialized regions of Spain, is now home to the third-largest Muslim
population in Western Europe.
From 2011 to 2015, the number of
Muslims in Catalonia ballooned to 19.5 %. That translates into 83,000 newcomers
in 4 years.
Catalan officials blame Madrid’s
central government for the regions’ ongoing economic uncertainty and not
Despite threats of terrorist attacks,
Ada Colauhe, the mayor of Barcelona approved the budget of 100,000 euros
available to an observatory “against Islamophobia”.
Catalonia’s links to jihadists and
Salafism, a radical form of Islam has been known for a decade and radical
Islamists believe that the province is destined to become an Islamic
The Islamist-Separatist alliance is
so strong that some 10,000 Catalans with links to the separatist movement even
converted to Islam in recent years.
In 2017, Lorenzo Vidino, director of
a program on extremism at George Washington University and author of a study on
Salafism in Catalonia wrote:
“The Catalan province,
especially the area surrounding Tarragona [a port city in northeastern
Catalonia], have been a Salafi hotbed for years, and one of the reasons is that
it houses the highest numbers of Salafist mosques in Europe.”
Terrorist attacks in Barcelona in
2017 did not stop Madrid’s multiculturalism platform.
The radical separatists sell the land
they “love” so much to people of different cultures and traditions.
The number of migrants continues to
grow and cities like Barcelona are following the London path where non-European
population is reaching more than 30%.
There are now 1 million immigrants in
a population of 7 million in Catalonia and the weak efforts of the patriots are
not enough to block the Islamization of the region. If Catalonia wins independence, it will be
the first Islamic state of Western Europe.