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Minister Mrs Nerea Melgosa presents the “Trapezistak” program at the Summit of Regions and Cities in Mons, Wallonia, as a reception model for other regions of the EU

2024 March 18
  • “Building transitions to adult life with young people between 18 and 25 years old, most of them migrants”
  • With Ylva Johansson, Veronica Ortis Simal, Antje Grotheer, Philippe Close, Justine Panteļejeva and Anne Rudisuhli

Mons / Wallonia 2024 03 18

The Minister of Equality, Justice and Social Policies of the Basque Government, Mrs Nerea Melgosa, presented today at the Tenth Summit of Cities and Regions that with the motto “Building Inclusive Communities” the “Trapezistak” program is being developed in Mons, Wallonia (Belgium)” for shelter, training and support in the transition to adult life for young people between 18 and 25 years old. The majority are migrants, but it is also aimed at native people.

The “Trapezistak” program is part of the Basque Social Pact for Migration and is part of a broad network of initiatives that make up the Basque Reception Model, in which institutional coordination, with 130 participating municipalities, is essential. The Basque initiative opts for coexistence, full inclusion and multiculturalism and favours the processes of incorporation into Basque society from the arrival of the migrant: “offering what we would like to receive.”

The summit, which runs until tomorrow, Tuesday at the Wallonia Conference Centre-Mons, includes, among others, Ylva Johansson, European Commissioner, Veronica Ortis Simal, UNICEF head for Europe and Central Asia, Antje Grotheer, vice president of the parliament of Bremen, Philippe Close, mayor of Brussels, Justine Panteļejeva, councillor in Riga, and member of the Committee of the Regions, and Anne Rudisuhli, member of the Departmental Council of Bouches-du-Rhône. Along with Nerea Melgosa, Xabier Legarreta, director of Migrations, and Ana Reka participate.

Trapezistak” makes it easier for homeless youth - who were cared for by social services - to access support understood as positive action measures within public youth and migration policies,” Nerea Melgosa highlighted to the representations of European cities and regions.


Sailburu (Minister, basque language) Melgosa was grateful for “the opportunity to share our experience and reflection on migration and the transition to adult life of the most vulnerable youth. It is true that there are advances and setbacks and our mission is to accompany them, with networks and links, as in the art of trapeze, and build a future together with them. That is what we do from the Trapezistak program, promoted by a network of 26 Third Sector entities, led by the Basque Government, with an axis based on community public policy."

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