According to the dictionary of the RAE (Royal Academy of the Spanish Language), exile is defined as “Expatriation, usually for political reasons”. The truth is that most people associate “Political reasons” with “ideological reasons”, even though politics has become increasingly less ideological. While it is true that the first of the 12 definitions for the word “politics” in the RAE is “belonging or relating to political doctrine“, the second definition is “belonging or relating to political activity“. And this is where we want to make our argument.
Under the laws of most countries, the role of an elected or appointed official or politician is to maintain, manage and administer the public resources and is to be held fully accountable. These laws also state that politicians must work in service of the public and to promote the general interest of the citizens and must carry out their work under a code of ethics and professional conduct. Furthermore, transparency policies guarantee that elected politicians serve the people and not their own interests. In fact, the preamble of the Spanish Constitution states the following:
“The Spanish nation proclaims its will to promote the progress of culture and of the economy to ensure a worthy quality of life for all.”
Moreover, Article 35, among others, makes mention of a mandate received by public authorities to carry out policies that guarantee full employment and prevent inequalities. It is clear that this has not been the case in Spain in recent years.
The Spanish Exile team and I feel that the widespread corruption among the Spanish political class, its disinterest in the demands of the citizens, which paradoxically is a result of its subservience to the Troika and other entities of the international financial structures, and the rigidity of the Spanish electoral system, are at the foundation of the troubled Spanish economy and the massive emigration wave it is causing. No one is leaving the country because they are victims of ideological persecution (at least not that we are aware of), but that does not mean that the causes behind this emigration are not primarily political.