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No longer invisible: London’s Latin American community

24 May

A new report has revealed more about the Latin American community in London than ever before. The report, entitled No Longer Invisible, produced by Queen Mary College, London, revealed that the current Latin American population in London stands at 113,500. The community has grown fourfold since its total of 31,000 in 2001. Researchers interviewed 1,000 people in the capital who have roots to Latin American nations.

 

London’s Latin American population by country of birth (2008)

Top 4 countries of birth: (Click on graphic below for full breakdown)

Brazil: 41,380

Colombia: 15,271

Argentina: 5,224

Ecuador: 4,557

Latin American population in London by country of birth (2008)

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We asked and you voted: Spain’s greatest export

3 May

A week ago we asked you what you thought was Spain’s greatest export, and the results are in! 53 people voted on our poll and after (Golden Globe and Academy Award winning) Penelope Cruz held the top spot for the first four days, one of the most traditional and stereotypical Spanish exports won: tapas. Click on the images below and take a look at the results…

Spain's greatest export as voted for by HispanicLondon readers Many Eyes

Spain's greatest export as voted for by HispanicLondon readers Many Eyes
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Viva Espana! But what do you love most? Give it your vote…

26 Apr

Santiago de Compostela's famous cathedral

When it comes to holiday destinations Spain is a much-loved favourite among us Brits. But when we hop on that EasyJet flight, what is it we’re visiting Spain for? When we think of Spain, from San Sebastian to Marbella, what springs to mind? From a visit to the British-dominated tourist havens of Magaluf, Benidorm or Torremolinos, many Brits could come away thinking Spain is about sun, sea and cerveza, and not much else. Spend a few days in the northern towns of Santiago de Compostela or Burgos, and the cooler climate and gothic architecture will give you a very different impression.

What about Spain’s image overseas, boosted by ambassadors such as Penelope Cruz, (who recently became the first Spanish actress to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame) Rafa Nadal (currently ranked world number 1) and Cesc Fabregas (in the list to please Arsenal fans) to name a few. You don’t need to visit Spain to wear Spanish fashion (Zara, Mango) or to eat Spanish cuisine such as tapas and paella washed down with sangria, all cruelly imitated in La Tasca restaurants up and down the country.
 
Let us know what you think is the best Spanish export. It might be your personal favourite, or what you think represents Spain at its best. And feel free to offer suggestions! How do us Brits, best known for ordering “dos cervezas por favor” and raving it up on the Costa del Sol, really view Spain?
 

Image: Bestourism

New data: Overcrowding in Chilean jails revealed

11 Dec

Following Wednesday’s comment piece on the deadly prison fire in Santiago, the following figures have come to light, revealing the full extent of overcrowding in Chilean prisons. After at least 81 prisoners perished in the San Miguel jail fire, the nation will expect results from Sebastián Piñera’s pledge for prison reform. Click on the Many Eyes interactive graphic below to see how the data compares…

Prison Prisoners Capacity
Source: Fundación Paz Ciudadana 2009
Puente Alto 1,752 630
Santiago Sur 6,237 2,446
Valparaíso 2,898 1,178
Arica 2,104 1,092
San Miguel 1,654 892
Concepción 2,096 1,194
Antofagasta 1,155 68
Santiago 1,730 1,197 

Overcrowding in Chilean Jails Many Eyes