Photo of Joan Segarra shaking hands with a foreign-looking supporter

Joan Segarra

This was largely due to waves of migration from the south of Spain. Many people were attracted to Barça because of its democratic spirit, its inter-class consciousness and its overtly anti-centralist stance.

The identification of Barça with Catalonia was no longer limited to members and fans born in the Principality. Barça consolidated its role as a catalyst for social integration. This had happened previously in the 1920s when people from Valencia, Murcia and Aragon migrated to Catalonia, and it would happen again at the end of the 20th century, when immigrants would arrive from other continents.