What is the legacy?

A political debate…

In October 2006, the Andalusian Parliament (Andalusia is the Spanish region where the Moorish legacy is most evident) asked the three parliamentary groups that form the majority to support an amendment that would ease the way for Morisco descendants to gain Spanish citizenship. The Spanish Civil Code Article 22.1, in its current form, provides concessions to nationals of the Ibero-American countries, Andorra, the Philippines, Equatorial Guinea,and Portugal as well as to the descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled by Catholic Monarchs in 1492; but not the descendants of Moriscos.

This measure could benefit an indeterminate number of people in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Mauritania, Libya, Egypt and Turkey. However after 5 years this proposition has not led to any changes in the Civil Code.

In 2009, the Socialist Government in Spain proposed institutional recognition and symbolic (rather than economic) compensation for the descendants of the Moriscos expelled in 1609. This provoked an interesting debate about the desirability of this kind of public self-criticism by the Spanish State.

What is your opinion about these propositions?

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