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The Basque Government exhibits at the 7th European Migration Forum in Brussels, its care program for young migrants and integration solutions

2022 October 20
  • Organized by the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Commission
  • Noemi Ostolaza intervenes in the workshop “Access of young migrants to education and training” held in the Jacques Delors building

2022 10 20, BRUSSELS

Mrs Noemi Ostolaza, director of the Department of Equality, Justice and Social Policies of the Basque Government, presented this morning, at the 7th European Migration Forum organized by the European Economic and Social Committee and the European Commission in Brussels, the Basque care program of young migrants and integration solutions for young people in vulnerable situations. Especially those without family references. This´s offered by the Basque Government and Basque institutions.

“In the Basque Country, we have defined a strategy and an agenda of priorities for the socio-labour inclusion of minors and young people in vulnerable situations: it is the “Euskarri Strategy”, a point of support for an autonomous life project through a homework contract and rights” detailed Mrs Ostolaza  at the discussion table dedicated to “Access of young migrants to education and training” held in the Jacques Delors building.

As detailed by the Basque representative to the group of specialists attending the Forum, “in the case of minors under guardianship, these strategic support points are defined in three concepts: Home, Guidance and Training. In the case of young people who have been under guardianship, the strategic support points are Socio-Labour Insertion, Housing and Life Support. The objective is to favour an autonomous life project”.

“We consider that the educational system, especially the Basque one, offers some key tools for the integration of migrants. For this reason, people who arrive in the Basque Country, in the case of those under 16 years of age, access the education system in a normalized way and receive the support they need, both on the educational and social sides” Mrs. Ostolaza clarified.

 “This strategy distances itself both from the paternalistic gaze and from any victimizing spirit. The central educational message is that, to get ahead in life, you have to work hard”, summarized the representative of the Department of Equality, Justice and Social Policies of the Basque Government.

According to the director, “within the framework of this strategy, we developed a pilot program of personalized and comprehensive itineraries to promote the processes of inclusion and transition to adult life for young people without a family support network. We call this program “Trapezistak” (“aerialists”). There, training is key, since it allows young people to be trained and so that they can have an autonomous life project integrated into their environment”.

Specialists and young

Moderated by Ali Al-Jaberi, the opening of the Forum was attended by Paul Soete, President of the Permanent Group on Migration and Integration, Michael Shotter, Director of Asylum and Migration of the Directorate General for Migration and Domestic Affairs of the European Commission and with Mahdiyah Ayub, young leader and component of the Football for Unity project, from Ireland.

The area dedicated within the Forum to "young migrants as actors of youth inclusion" has been moderated by Anila Noor, from New Women Connectors; together with Seyran Khalili, from “Young Connectors-Women Connectors” from Norway; Rachel Streefland, Minister of Utrecht; Catriona Graham, director and lawyer of the World Scout Bureau–European Support Center and Belén Vallina, founder of Yaran, in Spain.

This afternoon public attitudes towards migrants will be analyzed in a meeting moderated by Michael Palmer, Director of Communication of the Directorate General for Migration of the European Commission, in which Fridoon Joinda, a filmmaker specializing in bird migrations, and Luca Barani, from the Directorate General for Migration of the European Commission.

Tomorrow, Friday, Ylva Johansson, European Commissioner for Domestic Affairs, and Christa Schweng, President of the European Economic and Social Committee, will participate in this seventh Forum. In the afternoon, Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Johannes Luchner, Vincenzo Bianco, Katrina Leitane, and David Vondrácek will close the meeting.

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