We publish the Annex to the alien detention centres (CIE by its Spanish acronym) 2019 Report ‘Ten years of looking the other way’

We publish the Annex to the 2019 CIE report with the official figures of the Ministry of the Interior which, this year, arrive months late and with scarce data, not complying with the Law on Transparency.

Although SJM has always developed its annual reports contrasting the figures provided by the Government, this time it was published without most of them, something unjustifiable even despite the COVID-19 pandemic. As noted in the annex “The lack of information raises many questions, not only about the subjective reasons for the lack of transparency, but also because of the objective realities involved in each piece of data”.

The 2019 CIE Report to which this publication is attached, “Ten years looking the other way“, is the tenth publication of analysis and research about the CIE. This annual work studies the extensive list of rights violations that occur within these centres, analyses the CIE Regulations (which are constantly being violated and perpetuate a prison model that does not guarantee the rights set out in its contents) and summarises the figures of what the SJM teams observe during their visits.

The data that appears in the annex to this 2019 report is divided into three sections: a list of eight entries that portrays the internment according to the official figures, the figures on internment and the vision on the CIE according to the Delegated Prosecutors for Foreigners, segmented among the seven CIE that exist, at this moment, in Spain.





More than 58,000 people accompanied by the SJM network in 201

The Jesuit Migrant Service (SJM) presents its 2019 Annual Report, a year in which the work of accompanying, serving and defending migrants and refugees, and their full access to citizenship, has been consolidated. A total of 58,965 people were accompanied in 2019 by the entities that form part of the network in the different lines of work.

In the line of Inclusion, which aims to provide integration tools to the migrant population in the cities where we work, almost 40,000 people were accompanied in individualized legal, labour and psycho-social assistance; first reception and basic orientation; and in employability and training projects.

The Frontera Sur (Southern Border) office in Melilla, which offers legal advice as well as human rights observation, assisted 530 people of 21 different nationalities last year, in addition 130 legal actions have been carried out before different authorities and institutions.

In Hospitality, the line of reception for especially vulnerable forced migrants, 460 people were received in more than 70 solidarity initiatives by lay groups, family networks and religious communities. The Community Sponsorship project in the Basque Country was the most innovative action of the year. 53 of the people welcomed were women who took part in gender-specific projects. Many of the people welcomed were unaccompanied young people.

Another of the lines of work is the presence in CIE (Internment and Foreigner Centres) where a group of volunteers and technicians visit the interns in 5 different places in the territory. In 2019, in addition to presenting the ninth annual report, 1462 visits were made to 793 people; and 61 legal actions were carried out in order to improve the conditions of internment and to work towards the end of these inhumane centres.

The Interreligious Dialogue line was given a strong boost with the consolidation of three spaces for raising awareness about the diversity of beliefs, which were attended by almost 7,000 people (mostly students from educational centres) and the proliferation of numerous cultural exchange activities, in which more than 1,600 people participated.  

The strategic line of Migrant Women and Domestic Work continued to support almost 5,000 women, especially in the areas of work and training. The work focused on strengthening their lines of defence of rights in home and care work spaces and raising awareness among the public, as well as advocacy with political authorities. In the area of Citizenship and Participation there were numerous innovative initiatives to strengthen community ties in the neighbourhoods and to promote the autonomy and voice of migrants. 420 people attended spaces for citizen participation and some 1,500 attended leisure and free time initiatives.The SJM sincerely and lovingly thanks all the people who make this work possible, which aims to achieve social justice and greater inclusion and equality for migrants: more than 1,200 volunteers and almost 70 members of the technical and managerial teams that make up the team that drives SJM’s work.