Immigration

Thousands in Spain march for immigrants

Demonstrators march taking part in a protest along the street in downtown Barcelona, Spain. Source: AAP

Some 160,000 people in Barcelona have demonstrated to welcome refugees and to ask European Union authorities to provide safe routes for immigrants.

Some 160,000 people in Barcelona have demonstrated to show support for refugees and ask European Union authorities to provide "safe routes" for immigrants.

The mobilisation, called by the Our House, Your House campaign, and which seeks to become Europe's largest pro-immigrant movement, marched on Saturday afternoon down the main streets of the city and planned to wind up at Barcelona's Paseo Maritimo promenade.

Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau said she hopes that, with this march, Barcelona "will become the capital of hope, of peace, and of the defence of human rights".

The banner at the head of the march was carried by immigrants already settled in the city and read "Enough excuses. Let's welcome them now".

In a statement to the press, the mayor said the demonstration is a message for all the nations of Europe, and called on them to establish "safe routes" for immigrants.

She also said the march could be the beginning of many more demonstrations in other European cities with offers of "hope and life."

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