As part of the REGIN Project (Regions for Migrant and Refugees Integration), the Region of Murcia held on 24 November an online REGIN Presentation Day “Addressing the Integration of Migrants in the Region of Murcia”.
Around 80 people attended the event which aimed to present the tools that will be developed under the project and the added value they can offer to key regional stakeholders, as well as to discuss the challenges and opportunities of integration in the region.
Speakers included MEP José Ramón Bauzá Díaz to address the integration of migrants and refugees at the European level, as well as the Secretary General for Women, Equality, LGBTI, Families and Social Policy, Antonio Sánchez Lorente, the Executive Director of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) Davide Strangis and the head of the Social Volunteering, Emigration and Return Service, María Teresa Muñoz Ibáñez who defined the project at a regional level and the role of the Region of Murcia in REGIN. Experts in migration from the University of Murcia Marta Latorre Catalán and Isabel María Cutillas Fernández presented the preliminary results and methodology used in the study of regional MIPEX-R indicators. The day then focused on a participatory round table on “Opportunities and challenges in the integration of immigrants” with the participation of the Director General of the CEPAIM Foundation Juan Antonio Segura Lucas representing civil society and third sector organizations, the President of the Federation of African Associations of Murcia Mady Cisse Ba representing the migrant community, and the coordinator of the Immigration and Cooperation Unit for the Development of Social Services of the city of Cartagena José Luís Ortega Cañavate, to offer a perspective from a local administration.
The attendees positively valued the creation of a network for sharing knowledge and experience in migration issues, as well as the development of new tools to improve and reinforce regional public policies and services provided to citizens.