The diocesan bishop, Jesus Murgui, the director of Cáritas Diocesana de Orihuela-Alicante, Victor Mellado and the general secretary, Francisco Javier Ruvira, have attended the presentation of the report, in which the focus mainly in the Impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Alicante society provoking the setback in the integration of thousands of families in the Diocese of Orihuela-Alicante.
Employment, health and housing are designated as three major factors of exclusion from the social integration zone. “Without a doubt, the COVID crisis has caused the setback in the economic and social recovery of the last two years, which came from the hand of employment ”has explained in this regard the Secretary General of Cáritas Diocesana. “A province like ours, dependent on the sector of the hostelry, marked by seasonality, and in the midst of the health crisis, has suffered loss of source of income for so many families that, furthermore, for doing so without legal coverage, they have not had access to aid and ERTE “, he added.
According to Cáritas, health is one of the three great exclusion factors that affects vital development either because it can lead to job loss, the inability to take on certain treatments or the difficulty of being able to follow them if you don’t have a home. In this sense, they consider that the pandemic has made visible in a more dramatic way, if possible, that the right to housing and decent housing “is permanently violated”.
The administrative coverage it is shaping up as another determining factor. “There are many, more and more, people who, despite being in an irregular situation, even after many years living in Spain, and contributing in different ways to the state and to society in general, continue to unable to achieve administrative integration, an issue that is key to access the rest of the integration areas ”, they explained.
In the last fiscal year, corresponding to 2020, Caritas of the Diocese of Orihuela-Alicante has invested in social assistance and fight against exclusion 5.051.058 €, 1,257,722 euros more than in 2019. A 60.2% of them come from the private sphere, collections and donations, while a 39,8% comes from public subsidies.
Caritas estimates that this aid has reached about 53,000 people, 30% more than in 2019. Aid that had to be multiplied by four in the first months of confinement.
The profiles with the greatest difficulties for integration are families with children and especially large families, single-parent families, immigrants, and especially immigrants without documentation, young people, and women. The NGO understands that poverty is not gender neutral. From Cáritas it is pointed out that it affects women disproportionately, not only in numbers but also by the sum of rights that are violated. Of the total number of applicants for aid to Caritas 61% were women.
“We want to thank all the people who have made Caritas action possible, the 1,744 volunteers that day by day they have been making an effort to serve the people we have welcomed. At 668 people who have collaborated so that we can work for our mission, at 66 people hired who have accompanied the volunteer in their commitment, to the parish communities, Church movements and priests who have been behind the action of the 152 Caritas of our Diocese, present in all neighborhoods and in all towns. Thank you ”, highlighted the director of Cáritas Diocesana de Orihuela-Alicante, Victor Mellado.
Thanks also seconded by the diocesan bishop, Jesus Murgui, who has also put the accent on the current economic and social situation that remains after the health crisis. “Thanks to so much generosity from so many donors who have increased aid in the face of so much need but once the health crisis is over We cannot lower our guard, relax or forget about this drama in the face of a deeply entrenched economic, labor and social problem “.
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