"Quizá una de las peores consecuencias de la complicada situación económica por la que atraviesa el país sean los casi cinco millones de parados que existen en la actualidad. Entre ellos no solo hay españoles, también extranjeros que, tras varios años viviendo y trabajando en España, se encuentran con que tienen que volver a sus países de origen al no haberles renovado los permisos de trabajo. En concreto, en Granada en el trienio 2008-2010, el número de estas autorizaciones bajó un 63%. Un porcentaje muy cercano a la media del conjunto de la nación, que se sitúa en un 68%. ..."
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In yesterday’s (9/9/2011) local edition of the newspaper IDEAL, one of the headlines (above the fold) says that 63% of foreign workers in Granada, Spain have had their work permit renewals denied. I am one of those 63%.
I have little recourse, having spent an entire week visiting various government offices and talking with various administrators and other ‘important people.’
I have lived in Spain for more than 8 years. I have lived in Granada most of that time, and have lived in the same apt. for 8 years come November. It’s been the longest I have ever lived in any one abode in my entire life since I was 11 years old. And now I have to leave.
In fact, I may have as little as 3 months to “abandon Spanish territory” (a clunky but literal translation of the wording in the registered letter sent to me), although I have nowhere to go – no ‘other home’ – this has been my home, as humble as it is, for more than 8 years. And there are others who have lived here longer, in some cases much longer, who are being told to return to their places of origin because their work permits have not been renewed.
So I’m posting some photos that I’ve taken of doors here and elsewhere – doors that I’d like to go through.
There's a door I photographed years ago, at night, with (a variation of) my name on it.
And finally, in some ways I never wanted to publish this graffiti photo, though I thought it was interesting enough to photograph at the time.