Eder Mendoza, candidate for general deputy for the EAJ-PNV, met this morning with a group of foreign-born people living and working in Gipuzkoa, Ordizia, with whom she shares the two main lines of action of the EAJ electoral program – PNV, such as proposals of an economic nature and in particular measures aimed at promoting integration and diversity in the sector, in addition to hearing and collecting their proposals. “Gipuzkoa is becoming a more pluralistic society, made up of people with different cultures, origins or religions. This diversity, which enriches and strengthens us, also presents challenges such as achieving true social solidarity. Co- It is not enough to exist, we want to have a true coexistence, one based on inclusion, respect, mutual knowledge and a common ground of values. It is necessary to recognize and recognize the role of new Gipuzkoans, which through your work , contribute to the wealth and well-being of our country”, he said. Joseba Aranburu, the EAJ-PNV candidate for mayor of Ordizia, also attended the meeting.
As revealed at the meeting, more than 130 languages from around the world are already spoken in our region and 8.6% of the population is of foreign origin. In some areas like Goeri, moreover, this percentage is between 15 and 20%. “We are a welcoming and helpful people to those who, among other things, come to live and earn in search of a better future, as we keep in our collective memory that those who fled home from war, scarcity or scarcity What does it mean to leave? Occasion. “, They told. “The phenomenon of migration is growing and presents complex challenges such as maintaining shared values and social cohesion, bringing migrants closer to the Basques, social inclusion through training, work or increasing resources devoted to addressing situations of vulnerability. Are”.
He said the stark demographic reality of the region, with declining birth rates and a rapidly aging society, makes immigration necessary to maintain our competitiveness and our welfare system. “We want to continue building a sector made up of people who contribute their knowledge, skills and talents to Gipuzkoa through their daily work. A Gipuzkoa that doesn’t ask anyone where you come from, but a Gipuzkoa Our industry is made up of people committed to our economy and our social cohesion. For this, the contribution of new Gipuzkoans is essential”, said Mendoza, who reiterated his commitment to continue working so that “all people have jobs” in our region. , future and be a balanced life project”.
“Tackling this process with guarantees will require the efforts of both the population born here and those coming from abroad. We must strengthen the community character of the region and deepen coexistence. The feeling of belonging to a community It is possible to reconcile cultural diversity with spirit. Only in this way will we be able to guarantee equal rights and non-discrimination, and combat social inequalities in Gipuzkoa”, he urged.
Mendoza urged people from abroad to actively participate in all areas of society, “not only in the workplace, but also in the allied, voluntary or political sectors. Your contribution will help us to meet the challenges of the future as a sector.” It is important to respond, and it results in a stronger and more united society. Slowly this is happening, the participants of this meeting are an example, but there is much more to be done.” In turn, he has assured that to the extent that happens, “we will shield ourselves from populist and xenophobic discourses focused on fear and hatred.”
Thus, the Jeltzel program envisages various measures to continue training, generate and attract new talents, as well as promote integration, non-discrimination and coexistence among Gipuzkoan citizens, regardless of their origin, language regardless of culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity. , religion, ideology and functional ability. among others, moving towards multi-level collaborative governance with organized civil society and other agents in the field of diversity, strengthening inter-institutional coordination, promoting more positive dialogue and participation of people from abroad in all spheres of society encourage immigration, strengthen awareness of migration, and provide services and resources in collaboration with other institutions to ensure the dignity, human rights and well-being of migrants, or refugees, coming from our region.