The Nausica refugee reception programme is presented to the European Commission
Tue, 07/02/2017 - 18:12
Asylum. Representatives from European cities and the European Commission have first-hand knowledge of the Barcelona refugee reception programme.
The Deputy Mayor for Citizen Rights, Participation and Transparency, Jaume Asens, has presented the Nausica programme to representatives of European cities and the European Commission. Nausica is Barcelona’s municipal reception service for refugees excluded by the state programme. Asens used the occasion to call for cities to be able to manage part of the funding allocated by the EU for integration.
At the meeting in Amsterdam, Asens again highlighted the importance of the Solidarity Cities network, which aims to manage the arrival of refugees in Europe. The Deputy Mayor also called for EU funding to “help to help” refugees and provide them with “the dignity they deserve as human beings”.
The majority of EU member states, including the Spanish state, have not even fulfilled 10% of their commitments. In relation to this, Asens asked: “If solidarity forms part of the way cities work, why not with states?” He also noted that despite the lack of action from the Spanish state, Barcelona has proved that it is ready to take people in.
To demonstrate this, Asens outlined the Nausica programme, a municipal service offering accommodation and upkeep for asylum seekers excluded from state support. At the same time the programme is a platform for improving social and labour insertion processes and self-sufficiency. The service looks to respond to the shortcomings in the support programme run by the Ministry of Employment and Social Security.
The programme was presented on Tuesday, 7 February, as part of the joint meeting between representatives from different European cities and the European Commission entitled ‘How to strengthen the integration of migrants in cities?’ The various local representatives attending, from cities such as Leipzig (Germany), Athens (Greece) and Berlin (Germany), explained the work being done to address the reception and integration of the refugee population.
Casa Nostra Casa Vostra
“Today there are hundreds of citizens taking to the streets to call on politicians for solutions to the severe humanitarian crisis. That’s why it’s time for Europe to remember who we are and where we come from”, explained Asens. As an example of public mobilisation, he explained to the Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Crețu, that on 18 February a mass demonstration in support of the reception of refugees is set to take place in Barcelona. The Deputy Mayor also gave the Commissioner the Casa Nostra Casa Vostra manifesto, which calls for asylum as an international right and which has been signed by over 50,000 people.