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No, definitely not refugees after 1939. Guest workers. At least that's what I remember from Africa. (Remember, L'Afrique commence aux Pyrénées).

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 10th, 2005 at 06:19:15 AM EST
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Hehe, that's the problem with everything that I remember from my glorious study days: all fog and no fact!

I was under the mistaken impression that Franco did cause political emigration, but after checking up you're completely right, emigration after 1939 was almost completely workers and not refugees.

by Alex in Toulouse on Fri Nov 11th, 2005 at 04:39:58 AM EST
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When I was a kid living in Toulouse back in the early 70s, my folks sent me to a summer camp in the Pyrenées where many of the counsellors were from Spain. I remember they taught us anti-Franco campfire songs; I kind of understood they had left Spain for political reasons.

Then again, they may have picked up the anti-Franquist tradition from their own parents...

And yes, plenty of people of Spanish origin in Toulouse; when I was in primary school, one my best buddies was named Emilio.

by Bernard on Fri Nov 11th, 2005 at 05:04:23 PM EST
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