Immigrants in Spain contemplate returning home

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Immigrants from many countries converge on a fish market in the Lavapies neighborhood of Madrid.

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Alvaro Felgueroso Lobo

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    Adolfo, 31, walks with his daughter in the Villaverde district of Madrid. He plans to return to his native Bolivia because he can't find work in Spain.

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    Alvaro Felgueroso Lobo

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    Immigrants from many countries converge on a fish market in the Lavapies neighborhood of Madrid.

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    Alvaro Felgueroso Lobo

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    Ibrahim escaped from persecution in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 10 years ago and made his way to Spain. Unlike immigrants from other countries, it would not be safe for him to return home.

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    Alvaro Felgueroso Lobo

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    Marwan and Abdessamad, 29 and 31, came to Spain from Morocco 10 years ago. Both are computer technicians who eagerly watch signs of change in their native country, hoping to return and be part of a transition to democracy.

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    Alvaro Felgueroso Lobo

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    A Moroccan demonstration at the Plaza del Sol in Madrid in support of the movement for democracy in Morocco.

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    Alvaro Felgueroso Lobo

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    A group of immigrants from Bangladesh in a flat in the diverse Lavapies neighborhood in Madrid discussing the current situation for immigrants in Spain. The police has been targeting and detaining many immigrants in the last year, they say.

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    Alvaro Felgueroso Lobo

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    Mari Luz Valdivia, president of ACOBE, an NGO that helps immigrants from around the world, offering legal and psychological support, free courses, as well as assistance in returning to their countries.

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    Alvaro Felgueroso Lobo

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    Many immigrants from Latin America come to relax and play soccer at Casa do Campo in Madrid. Before summer 2010 there were small businesses selling food at the park, but after a crackdown by the police all these small illegal business disappeared.

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    Alvaro Felgueroso Lobo