Family, Identity, Traditions, and Integration: The Romanian Immigrants in Spain

By Raluca Oana Matu Rancu.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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A new country equals to a new beginning, new ideas and habits in order to be considered “integrated” in the receiving country’s society. The metamorphosis of the individual consists of different steps, from language to procedures, system, health, education, working day, diet and a large number of other changes that prevent the immediate settlement in the new home. The efforts made in order to preserve part of the culture and traditions and to fit in the society at the same time, make adaptation more difficult. The Romanian immigrants in Spain face the negative stereotypes that already exist in the society concerning their nationality and they make their best to prove their total integration, although they often feel the need to join other Romanian groups where they can express their ideals in their own language and maintain small habits that make them feel like “home”. The values and ideals they try to pass on from one generation to another are more problematic than it may seem when children are born or raised in a foreign country, because they integrate easier and their contact with the original country is lost. The young’s fight between the society values and the family traditions produce a new generation of crossbreeding, which many times concludes with a similar process of the “Spanglish”. Even though Romanian massive immigration is rather recent in Spain, the young second generations already start to spread the “Romanish” together with a mixed new culture.

Keywords: Family, Integration, Traditions, Identity

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 9, pp.99-106. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 584.203KB).

Raluca Oana Matu Rancu

Research Personnel in Training, Doctoral Program in Economics and Business, Bussiness Administration Department, Sociology Area, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain

Holds a Bachelor Degree in Journalism and a Master degree in Mediterranean Cultural Studies (UNESCO Chair). She is currently a PhD student in the Sociology department of the University Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona (Spain), having a FPI grant from the Catalan Government, Generalitat de Catalunya. Her research interests include immigration, gender inequality and poverty, particularly the Romanian case.

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