The trip was a part of the Politics of Human Rights course taught at the BA International Relations. The students participating in the forthcoming Students’ Debate on the topic “Should EU countries accept more refugees?” also joined the trip.
CEAR is a Spanish Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), which defends the right to asylum and human rights. Founded in 1979, it promotes holistic assistance to refugees who have fled armed conflict or human rights violations, asylum seekers, stateless persons and migrants in need of international protection and/or at risk of social exclusion.
The Refugee Assistance Centre in Antequera opened in June 2016, when it received its first refugees, primarily from Syria. Currently it hosts 39 asylum seekers from countries like Syria, Venezuela, and Ukraine. Tenants of the Refugee Assistance Centre receive not only shelter but also assistance in the process of gaining autonomy and gradual full social integration. CEAR multidisciplinary professional teams offer social, psychological, legal and work-related assistance to support the refugees and migrants.
During the visit the MIUC students had the opportunity to see the centre’s facilities, become acquainted with the CEAR work and more broadly with the Spanish migration policies. Ms. Maria Gómez Calero from CEAR Volunteers, Outreach and Marketing Department told the students about the phases and pace at which the status of refugee or migrant is being granted in Spain, as well as about the stage of implementation of the 2016 Reallocation Program for refugees currently residing in Greece and Italy. All the information in available on the CEAR webpage:
Refugees – More then Numbers.
We invite all interested in the EU migration policies to visit CEAR websites and to come to the MIUC Students’ Debate “Should EU countries accept more refugees?” which will take place on May 15th at 10:30.