‘Leaving Spain’ is based on 58 autobiographical narrative interviews with recent Spanish migrants who went to the UK and Germany, and sometimes returned. "Their stories are stories of vulnerability, but also of human resilience and finding creative solutions in times of adversity", explains Mê-Linh Riemann.
The willingness to migrate in search of employment is in itself insufficient to compel anyone to move. The dynamics of labour mobility are heavily influenced by the opportunities perceived and the imaginaries held by both employers and regulating authorities in relation to migrant labour.
Comedy entertainment is a powerful arena for serious public engagement with questions of German national identity and Turkish German migration.