Skip to Content

Passion façade of the Sagrada Família in 2018. Wikipedia

Muslim population of Catalonia grows by 20 percent in 4 years

Catalonia is home the third-largest percentage of Muslims in Western Europe, just behind France and Belgium, and far ahead of Britain and Germany. The Islamization of Catalonia has become a fact in some Catalan towns and cities such as Salt, with a Muslim population now reaching up to 40 percent of the population.

Published: April 11, 2019, 9:04 am


    Since 2010, Barcelona has seen the largest concentration of radical Islamists in Europe, a ground-zero for Salafi-Jihadism on the continent and one of the top incubators for Islamist terrorism.

    Catalonia, historically one of the wealthiest and most industrialized regions of Spain, boasts an economy of which is larger than Portugal’s. But Catalan politicians are blaming the central government in Madrid for the region’s current economic woes, and not immigration.

    As the Catalan saying goes, the elephant in the room has been the steady influx of migrants, but the issue remains mum: Tothom és amo del que pensa i esclau del que diu [Everyone owns what is on their mind but are a slave to the consequences of their words].

    From 2011 to 2015, the number of Muslims in Catalonia has grown by 19.5 percent. That translates into 83 000 newcomers in 4 years. Moreover, the risk of terrorist attacks has tripled while the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, has made funding of 100 000 euros available to an observatory “against Islamophobia”.

    Immigrants now number more than one million people in a population of only 7 million. Cities like Barcelona house a non-European population of more than 30 percent.

    While the issue of independence of Catalonia has been covered at length by the European media, the fact that behind push for autonomy there are also local Muslim communities, gets almost no coverage in Europe.

    Leading Islamists in Catalonia support the Catalan separatist movement, including Abdelwahab Houzi, a Moroccan Salafist in the city of Lleida. The current imam of the Palau de Vidre community, Houzi,
    invited “a wise Salafist from Algeria” to promote sharia laws last year.

    As revealed by a Moroccan eyewitness who videotaped a speech in 2010 and sent it to Spanish media on condition of anonymity due to the imam’s vast influence, Houzi bluntly advocated using the pro-independence, far-leftist Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) movement to Islamize the region.

    “We must take advantage of the independentistas because they rely on us to get votes, but what they do not know is that when they let us vote we will all vote for the Islamic parties because we do not believe in left and right. This will make us win local councils, and as we begin to accumulate power in the Catalan autonomous region, Islam will begin to be implemented.”

    The Islamist-Separatist alliance is so strong that some 10 000 Catalans with links to the separatist movement even converted to Islam in recent years.

    There are no less than five Salafi mosques in Barcelona. The Barcelona mega-mosque, larger than the iconic architectural masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia now dominates Barcelona’s skyline. This 2,2 billion Euro project is the third-largest mosque in the world, after those of Mecca and Medina.

    And the Catalan independence movement has shamelessly pandered to Muslim voters: “If you support us in the referendum, there will be a mosque.”

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.


    Ukraine elects its first Jewish president

    KievA real comedian, Volodymyr Zelensky, better known for playing a president in a TV show, won the final round of the presidential election on Sunday. The incumbent President Petro Poroshenko has conceded defeat.

    Act XXIII: Journalists targeted by police in Paris

    ParisJournalists covering the Yellow Vest demonstration have reported that some of their colleagues have been arrested by the police. Others have been victims of police violence.

    Notre Dame: Was it arson?

    ParisOne of three jihadists involved in a foiled plot in 2016 to launch an attack on the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris was sentenced to eight years in prison by a French court just days before before a fire destroyed the iconic spire and roof.

    In a Yellow Vest through Paris

    ParisAn exclusive FWM reportage on the Yellow Vest movement that has riled French President Emmanuel Macron for months now. Our reporter joined a group of the famous gilets jaunes.

    Notre Dame blaze destroys French national unity

    ParisWhile French and Catholics mourn the tragedy that struck the cathedral of Paris on Monday, Internet users, especially Muslims, preferred instead to celebrate the fire with insults and shameful ridicule.

    Huge loss for France as iconic 850- year old Notre Dame embers smolder

    ParisThe origin of the gigantic fire, which devastated the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral on Monday, is still unknown, but an investigation was opened for "involuntary destruction by fire," announced the Paris prosecutor's office in the evening.

    Finns Party wins second highest score in election

    HelsinkiA conservative political party that campaigned against open borders and climate change policies won the second-highest number of seats in Finland's parliamentary elections on Sunday.

    Austria warns of new mass migration wave being prepared

    ViennaAustrian Interior Minister Herbert Kickl (FPÖ) has warned in a letter to the EU Commission that Europe will be facing a new wave of mass immigration.

    Report highlights Russia’s advantage in GNSS spoofing capabilities

    The Russian Federation has a "growing a comparative advantage in the targeted use and development of GNSS spoofing capabilities to achieve tactical and strategic objectives at home and abroad," a new study has found.

    Polls show that Macron’s Great National Debate flopped

    ParisThe French president and his ministers seem to be paying a high price for their mismanagement of the Great National Debate.

    Go to archive