SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, September 19 (EUROPA PRESS) –
This Tuesday, Third Sector organizations have called on public administrations to continue taking steps towards a comprehensive care model to achieve the full social inclusion of migrants and homeless people.
In a debate table organized by the Parliament of the Canary Islands at the ‘Conecta Conference. Canary Islands-Europe’ have also demanded the creation of personalized itineraries, support structures and that social support systems have the same consideration as educational or health services.
Alfonso Roque, provincial director of the Nuevo Futuro Las Palmas Association, has indicated that his organization tries to be a “reference” for supporting migrants, the same as the Canary Islands, which can manage resources in a “different” way.
Goretti Rodríguez, parish priest and manager of the El Buen Samaritano Foundation, has indicated that they try to “change the outlook” on the migration phenomenon and involve all public entities to have a “concrete response” to reality.
He commented that “juggling” is done to attend to all the people who have needs, many of them “immediate”, and from there, carry out a “personalized itinerary” to dignify the migrants and achieve their personal independence.
He has also pointed out that many of the migrants “want an opportunity” and to join the labor market but sometimes they are not allowed and despite the needs that exist in agriculture or the service sector.
Miguel Ángel Rojas, territorial director of the Don Bosco Foundation, has demanded a comprehensive service to people, just as happens with education or health, as a ‘one-stop shop’, in such a way that all services are unified. “This is what we have tried to set up,” he noted.
Instead, he has indicated that the social welfare system “works with powers” distributed between administrations and public entities and in many cases, vulnerable people “fall through the process” because the system is very expensive, with a lot of document submission.
Rojas has detailed that the limitations of the system are “evident” and we must try to avoid “many windows” in such a way that they have offered to the Cabildo of Tenerife “to end the fragmentation” through the homeless people plan by detecting profiles, needs and building “typical itineraries”.
Ricardo Iglesias, general secretary of Cáritas de Tenerife, has pointed out that we must work on a “comprehensive model” that coordinates public institutions and third sector organizations, without duplicating efforts, and sees it as a “challenge” that there are no “responses” patch” and that the person be placed “at the center” of the system.
“WE ARE THE ONE WHO ARE IN THE MUD”
He has also indicated that measures must be generated that can support migrants but in a “concrete and unique” way and he understands that organizations must continue to lead “in the meantime” the entire integration system is organized. “We are the ones in the mud,” she said.
Iglesias has said that “I hope the time will come” when social needs are seen as equally as health or education and “it is not seen as normal” for a family to be separated, not have housing or have difficulties eating.
José María Zarraluqui, regional coordinator of the Red Cross, has pointed out that they cannot work “alone” and actions must be coordinated between associations, progressively putting aside “project work” in favor of another system where the person “is in focus”.
Thus, he has indicated that we must “listen” to the affected person and detect their “vulnerability” and if it is not the appropriate organization, he refers them to another more specialized one, while rejecting the “temporary” care model given that the needs are “longer” and cannot depend on interventions limited in time.
Zarraluqui has been in favor of “long-term work” and not entering into a ‘race’ to attract projects and financing, since an integration process “is not short, it takes many years”, given that support and monitoring must be done. .