This Friday, 15 July, is the start of the second edition of Route to Exile , an educational project promoted by the Spanish Youth Institute ( Injuve ) and the European Observatory on Memories ( EUROM ) of the UB Solidarity Foundation. For fifteen days, forty young people aged 16 and 17 from all the autonomous communities will take part in a series of educational and socio-cultural activities as they travel through the memory places of the Spanish Republican exile.
The route is organised by the Be Wild Be Proud association with the support of the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation. The places —ten more than in the first call— are fully funded by the Ministry of Social Rights and 2030 Agenda. A total of 410 young people have applied in these two calls.
The meeting point will be the Pavilion of the Spanish Republic at the University of Barcelona , from where the group will travel to the eastern Pyrenees. The adventure includes camping, daily physical activity, educational workshops and visits to iconic places of the retreat, such as the Exile Memorial Museum (MUME) in La Junquera, the Elna Maternity Hospital or the beach of Argelès, as well as spaces for reflection and learning such as the Rivesaltes Memorial Camp or the tomb of Antonio Machado in Colliure, where they will meet direct witnesses and descendants of exiles.
The aim of the activity is to provide young people with the tools to establish connections between the stories of the past, the events of the present and the imaginaries of the future, promoting civic spirit and participation in the resolution of current conflicts. In this sense, the educational curriculum of this second edition explores not only the causes and consequences of the Spanish Republican exile, but also the processes of reconstruction of memory and construction of national identity in Spain , comparing them with similar processes in other countries.