Refugee families welcomed in Valencia thanks to #Seguimos

One of the projects implemented as part of the #Seguimos campaign has been emergency care and shelter for vulnerable families in Valencia. Since the arrival of the pandemic last year, the involvement of the SJM Valencia team with the most vulnerable people who lost their income and suffered the consequences of the crisis was very high thanks to the support of #Seguimos, covering basic needs. Among those people accompanied and cared for are some of the asylum seeker and refugee families who live in several of the residential resources that the entity has in Valencia and surrounding areas. These are some of their stories:

Erika’s story

“My name is Erika Posada, I am a Colombian from Cali, I am 28 years old, and I have two small children. The situation in Colombia was very violent, with many robberies and intimidation, we didn’t feel safe. Together with my mom, we decided to take a new direction towards Spain, something we had been thinking about for a long time, because here there is calm and tranquillity, something we did not have there. I also wanted a future of hope and peace for the children.

Education is very important. I would like to complete my studies, I am in the 4th year of ESO (Compulsory secondary education) and I would like to finish so that I can support my mother, my brother and my children, and live calmly and happily”.

Refugee families

Edward (wife and one child):

“They demanded an amount of money from us that we couldn’t pay, that’s why we decided to leave the country. It is a very difficult situation to handle, if you don’t do what you’re told, they pressure you and extort you, with phone calls, they chase you and threaten you”.

“The departure from Colombia was above all with our son in mind, to give him a better life, to take him away from a life in which you get used to the conflict. The idea is for him to get ahead, to support him in whatever he wants to do”.

“In Valencia I feel very safe, I feel satisfaction and freshness. I can go out to the street without fear and I don’t have the stress of being chased. It’s a very nice feeling and I’d like to grow in Spain and move on”.

Robinson and Yamilet (a son with Down’s syndrome):

Robinson: “My wife belonged to a political group and so she was threatened. We were afraid that they might do something to me, to her or to our son, so we decided to travel to Spain and ask for international protection.

“From the beginning we were hosted by the Jesuits, in the SJM flats in Valencia. They have helped us with the asylum process, psychologically, socially, culturally, educationally; and also financially. We are now living in one of their homes, waiting for the asylum process to progress.

Yamilet: “Hopefully the asylum process will go through and we will be able to live in a regular situation in Spain. To be able to settle down, for our son to have a good education and a better quality of life.

The #Seguimos campaign of the Society of Jesus in Spain continues to offer attention to the needs of the most vulnerable population suffering the effects of the crisis resulting from the covid-19 pandemic. In this link it is possible to collaborate to ensure that aid to those who need it most can be carried out.

At SJM we continue to accompany vulnerable families in Madrid, thanks to the #Seguimos campaign

From the Jesuit Migrant Service (SJM), with the support of the #Seguimos campaign, we still want to be close to women with dependent children who are especially suffering from the crisis resulting from covid-19, by opening flats of autonomy. In Madrid, Pueblos Unidos accompanies several single-parent families with care to cover their basic needs, legal, social and employment advice in this difficult context.

Alicia lives with her four children in a flat in Madrid. Of Ecuadorian origin, after having gone through all the processes of regularisation, job search, schooling, she is now facing the impact of covid19 on her life. After more than a month confined for being positive for the virus, without even being able to see her children in the same house, she is grateful for the support offered and faces the immediate future with caution but optimism.

“My family was directly affected in terms of work because I had to stop working… My four children were suspended from school for a few days and although I have not lost my job for the moment, the worry is always there. I have been on sick leave for a month now and I continue to test positive, although the symptoms are easing. During the confinement we had a very bad time, they were very hard days, but thanks to the support of Pueblos we never lacked food or the basics”.

Thanks to the support of #Seguimos, the network of organisations belonging to SJM has set up a series of autonomy flats for around 60 women with dependent children in seven autonomous communities. This project aims not only to provide residential accommodation for these families, but also to promote psychosocial support in this context, create a stable social network that facilitates their inclusion and provide legal support to help regularise their situation. Alicia tells us how Pueblos Unidos has supported her family during these months:

“They are always keeping an eye on the evolution of my illness with the whole family through phone calls, being a support with whatever we need at home whether it is in paperwork, food, medicines, etc. Above all, they have given us words of encouragement and impulse at all times, always offering themselves for whatever is needed, they have even gone to pick up the food that they give us monthly because we were all confined to the house. I have not seen my children for more than a month and they are taking care of the house because I am locked in my room and my children are still small, except for the eldest who is 20 years old. Personally, I am very grateful to everyone”.

The #Seguimos campaign of the Society of Jesus has set up more than 30 projects to help the most vulnerable population since the pandemic began.

Proposal for the Reform of the Regulation on Aliens to guarantee the inclusion of unaccompanied migrant children and young people

CHILDHOOD AND MIGRATION ORGANISATIONS AND PROFESSIONALS PROPOSE A MODIFICATION OF THE REGULATION ON FOREIGNERS TO GUARANTEE THE RIGHT TO DOCUMENTATION FOR CHILDREN ARRIVING ALONE IN SPAIN.

These proposals, made within the framework of the public consultation process opened by the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration at the beginning of February, have the sole purpose of facilitating the transition to adult life for all children.

The proposal for modification put forward by professionals and expert bodies aims to guarantee the full and effective integration of these children and young people into Spanish society, in accordance with national and international legislation that guarantees the protection of human rights, and in particular, children’s rights.

The document presented focuses on the articles relating to the identification, documentation, processing and renewal of residence and work authorisations for children and adolescents who have arrived alone in Spain and who have been under the care and/or guardianship of the public protection entities of the Cities and Autonomous Communities. In line with the Ombudsman’s recommendations already accepted by the Ministry, the need for an exhaustive modification of Articles 196, 197 and 198 is proposed, and, going a step further, modifications to Articles 148, 190 and 211 of the same regulatory text are proposed.

In addition, several Transitional Provisions are included for the retroactive application of the Regulation, with the aim of documenting all young people who, although they were minors from 1 January 2018 to the present day, did not have access to their documentation despite being entitled to it, which places them in a situation of social exclusion.

The current regulation multiplies administrative procedures, dilutes responsibilities between the different administrations and does not provide agile and effective responses to the real needs of these children. The lack of automatic work authorisation for young migrants of working age, the demands on the business sector and young people for the processing of their work authorisation and subsequent hiring, the validity of only one year for the residence cards of minors under guardianship and the obstacles to their renewal, the difficulties in obtaining registration cards and the disparity of criteria at provincial level for their processing, and the non-recognition of the validity of children’s identity documents issued by the authorities in their countries of origin, are some of the issues that have left children and young people in a state of absolute defencelessness.

HERE THE PRESS RELEASE WITH ALL THE PROPOSALS

CONSULT HERE THE FULL DOCUMENT OF RLOEX REFORM PROPOSALS

SIGNATORIES:

Aldeas Infantiles SOS, Alucinos la Salle, Asociación Española de Abogados Extranjeristas, Asociación Noves Vies, Asociación Pro Derechos de la Infancia (Prodein), Asociación Progestión, Cáritas, Col.lectiu Hourria, Comisión Española de Ayuda al Refugiado (CEAR), Comisión de Ayuda al Refugiado (CEAR) – Euskadi, Coordinadora de Barrios, Coordinadora Estatal de Plataformas Sociales Salesianas (CEPSS), Coordinadora Obrim Fronteres, Cruz Roja Juventud, Federación Andalucía Acoge, Federación Estatal de SOS Racismo, Fundación Raíces, La Merced Migraciones, Plataforma de Infancia, Pueblos Unidos – Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes, Save the Children, UNICEF España, Voluntarios por otro Mundo Wasata Sans Frontières

Report: Population of immigrant origin in Spain 2020

For yet another year we publish the annual report ‘Population of immigrant origin in Spain, 2020’. A demographic analysis, in the light of official data, of the foreign and foreign-born population in Spain and its evolution over the last decade. The report also looks at the most relevant foreign population groups.

At the beginning of 2020, the foreign-born population accounted for almost 15% of the total population, nearly 7 million people (of which 28% are citizens of an EU state), while the resident foreign population was 11%. Compared to 2019, the largest positive change in figures was among the foreign-born resident population (+457,864). The migratory balance stood at 454,232, a magnitude higher than that of the total population.

Among the main immigrant population groups according to their country of birth, Morocco (+800,000), Romania (almost 580,000) and Colombia (almost 500,000) are the three main foreign nationalities. They are followed by Ecuador, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, Argentina and Peru.

The report concludes that the trend of migratory movements initiated in 2016 is accentuated, with the growth of the Venezuelan population standing out above all, followed by Colombia, Morocco and Honduras. The public ideology that in 2018 related foreign entries with irregular entries, from 2019 onwards the diversity of origins is understood: more Central Americans and Caribbeans on the one hand, Moroccans on the other; and Europeans and Chinese, in which the profiles of applicants for international protection stand out. The covid-19 pandemic has had a clear effect on the reduction of migratory arrivals due to the closure of international borders. The unknowns for the future are how long this closure will last and how the economic crisis derived from the pandemic will affect migratory flows.

DOWNLOAD HERE THE REPORT ‘Population of immigrant origin in Spain 2020’.

350 people from 10 peninsular cities will learn Spanish thanks to Radio ECCA and SJM

Faced with the impacts and challenges arising from covid-19, Radio ECCA and the entities of the SJM network are working together, with the support of the #Seguimos campaign, to promote blended and distance learning methodologies.

Thanks to the support of the #Seguimos initiative, around 350 people will be able to benefit from the ‘Comunícate’ project, in which Radio ECCA and the Jesuit Migrant Service (SJM) have joined forces to develop a set of Spanish language teaching methodologies combining online and blended learning.

In a context of a covid-19 pandemic that generates new challenges, this collaborative project aims to strengthen the accompaniment capacities of the Social Sector works with the most vulnerable people, incorporating the proven experience of the teaching methodology to improve the learning tools, based on didactic material, audio classes and tutorials. Knowing the language is a key element for the inclusion and participation of the migrant population, as well as generating initial meeting spaces. The health emergency has affected the methods of learning Spanish by reducing the presence of volunteers and the capacity of the classes.

The project consists of 12 pilot experiences that combine ECCA’s learning methodology with SJM’s model of proximity accompaniment. There are 2 literacy courses, 2 distance learning courses and 8 blended learning courses for people with limited connectivity or digital difficulties. This project will be implemented in 10 cities on the peninsula: Seville, Cordoba, Madrid, Burgos, Valladolid, Barcelona, Valencia, Lleida, Bilbao and Tudela.

#Seguimos, the campaign of the Society of Jesus, has launched more than 30 projects to assist the most vulnerable population since the pandemic began.

VIII March for Dignity – Tarajal We Don’t Forget

As every year since 2014, we have participated in the MARCHES FOR DIGNITY in memory of the at least 14 people whose lives were taken on 6 February 2014 on the Tarajal beach in Ceuta.

This year has been a special march because of the situation we are living due to the pandemic, but even so, alternatives have been found to MAKE MEMORY, DEFEND LIFE AND DEMAND RIGHTS.

On the afternoon of 5 February, we shared a very interesting round table discussion with Patuca Fernández, lawyer at the Fundación La Merced Migraciones, who explained the evolution and current state of the case, María José Aguilar, Professor of Social Work and Social Services at the University of Castilla la Mancha, who spoke on “Políticas migratorias: Políticas de muerte”, Txema Santana from CEAR Canarias to relate the situation of this 2019 in the islands with the paper “Canarias: el muro que emerge del mar”, Mamadou Dia from the association Hatay sonrisas de Gandiol with the paper “Senegal: jóvenes en busca de alternativas” and Sani Ladán, vice-president of the Asociación Elín with the paper “Derechos el camino hacia el futuro”. The round table will also feature live performances by the singer Pedro Sosa and the singer Mia Fuentes.

The following day, Saturday, 6 February, acts of remembrance took place in more than 30 cities. In Ceuta, as every year, it was a very emotional act in which a group of people gathered on the Tarajal beach, read the names of the people whose lives were taken that fateful day and set up a candle for each of them. We listened to a song and read the manifesto. In Melilla we participated together with other organisations such as Geum Dodou in a tribute to the memory of the disappeared people and demanded justice.

Seven years of impunity and injustice that cannot be forgotten. Seven years demanding rights and remembering. #TarajalNoOlvidamos