The challenge of integrating young migrants

Some of the young migrants are still mentored but with an uncertain future. Over 18 years old some have come to work or are still studying or have a roof. Others are on the streets of our cities, with no known sources of income. It is almost a miracle to go forward every day.

There is a determined cry to regulate your situation, which will legally allow you to access an already difficult to find a job. Impossible without permission.

The day is very long. How do you fill up without employment, studies, work? Civil society, individuals, entities and associations are trying to develop local initiatives that reach some of these young people. From our own experiences, contacts, resources and under the conviction that this is a patch because the priorities are other.

The actions proposed outside the labour market do not provide the resources to achieve the basic needs of domicile, food, clothing, leisure. And, therefore, those involved do not see them as attractive or susceptible to too much continuity.

Undoubtedly, these are secondary initiatives that take advantage of the contacts and resources of individuals and associations, with the subsidiary nature of continuing to show a reality, often distant, for a large part of the population and to achieve an interrelation that can generate. unregulated opportunities.

Concern for these young people, their present and future, should tend to the urgent and necessary change of legislation that will allow them access to autonomy and personal development.

In the meantime, however, attempts are made to provide links, arising from civil society. Incoming contact, relationship, closeness and word. Catalonia is a country with an extensive relationship of associations. That surely they can do nothing on a general level, beyond hasty a willing will for change. But these young migrants can open their doors to educational, artistic and sports activities.

Sport is one of these possibilities of integrating these people in a team, in a common goal. Being part of a group, sharing a certain amount of time, demonstrates a willingness to integrate despite legal limitations.

The experience of casals, holiday time camps that combine sports with some kind of training is wide. Often language. Often they also offer some food and access to showers.

This model known and tested by many entities may have its replication with these young people, boys and girls, who have so much free time, stored energy and difficulty in maintaining their own hygiene.

These are small actions, limited, but assumed, by the aforementioned wide association network. Maybe patches that can make the existing reality better.

Statistics show the arrival of 1498 unaccompanied young people to Catalonia in 2017, 3659 in 2018 and may reach 5,500 in 2019. Attending this phenomenon involves an effort of the administrations, but also of the social network, from offering what each one knows how to do or the opportunities that the associations generate.