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Spain has a long-standing reputation for virulent racism, and many tourists of African descent complain of their poor reception by Spanish citizens. The nation was singled out by United Nations Special Rapporteur on racism, Mutuma Ruteere, who called on Spanish leaders to take greater steps toward eliminating racist and discriminatory practices against Africans and other immigrants in the country.

After the unjustified arrest of two African-American government employees in Barcelona in 2009, the U.S. State Department issued a warning that “racist prejudices” could lead to the arrest of African-Americans who visit Spain. The notice was removed two days before first lady Michele Obama visited the country, but many Black tourists say they experience racism during visits to Spain.

Learn more about the history of African-American travel abroad:

Diary of a Traveling Black Woman: A Guide to International Travel

Paris Reflections: Walks through African-American Paris

American Africans in Ghana: Black Expatriates and the Civil Rights Era

African American Travel Narratives from Abroad: Mobility and Cultural Work in the Age of Jim Crow