The CEU Cardenal Herrera University joins the solidarity commitment of the Provincial Observatory of Immigration, a body created in 2015 by Alicante Provincial Council and the universities of the province of Alicante, to quantitatively and qualitatively analyze the phenomenon migratory and favor the integration and incorporation from the collective to the reality of Alicante.
This has been accredited by the rector of the CEU, Vicente Navarro de Luján, who has accompanied Carlos Mazon, president of the provincial institution, and the rectors of the University of Alicante (UA), Manuel Palomar, the Miguel Hernández University (UMH), Juan Jose Ruiz, and the deputy director of the Center Associated with the National University of Distance Education in Elche, José Brotons, and the director of the Center Associated with the National University of Distance Education in Dénia, Rachel Marti.
The document that these institutions have signed determines, as main functions, the quantitative analysis demographic profiles and their evolution in the province, the perceptions and trends in the migratory phenomenon and the intercultural relations of coexistence, the proposals of politics that contribute to improving the social integration of immigrants, or making available information and resources aimed at this group. Likewise, it also contemplates the realization of meetings with specialists and associations, the elaboration of guidance manuals, the organization of workshops, courses and seminars with thematic set on the subject or the adoption of measures that respond to the challenges of the future, among other actions.
For Mazón, «this Observatory is generating and promoting tools for our town councils that serve 355,000 people who were not born in Alicante and arrive for various reasons, either for rest or retirement, with its contribution to sociability and international cultural linguistic, economic diversity and tourist, or looking for a job and a better future, fleeing from more adverse national realities ».
Alicante, province with the most international citizens of Spain
These figures reflect, as explained by the president, that the province of Alicante, with a 20% of foreign population, becomes the first in Spain with more international citizens, which is why, «the generation of tools promoted by universities, through this observatory to carry out workshops, seminars and coexistence actions, make our province more welcoming, diverse and with the widest international representation, something that gives us a wealth and magnificent possibilities, not only for tourism, as the best ambassadors of the Costa Blanca, but for the experience and experiences of those who live here and transfer compatriots, relatives and personal environments ”.
Finally, Carlos Mazón wanted to thank the universities for their involvement “so that we become an open, diverse, welcoming and supportive territory through specific projects and with the talent and knowledge that they contribute through their different departments, proposing initiatives that improve our coexistence day a day”.
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