SJM presents: “Enfocar la Mirada: towards an integral model of reception that puts people at its core”

24 June 2021

Related: JRS Spain

Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes (SJM) Spain released ‘Enfocar la Mirada’ (“Sharpen the picture”): towards an integral model of reception that put people its core.’ The report presents SJM’s vision for a future reception model in Spain, one that is based on small-scale facilities and is grounded on the involvement of the community through a network of communities of hospitality and community sponsorship.

The report builds on the lessons learned in From Bad to Worse: Covid-19 Aggravates Existing Gaps in the Reception of Asylum Seekers, research carried out by JRS Europe together with SJM Spain and partners in other eight EU countries.

In Spain, the Covid-19 outbreak happened at the same time as the beginning of the process of reform of the national reception system. This gave SJM the opportunity to reflect and apply the lessons learned from the Covid-19 stress test to come up with a proposal of reception that puts people at its core during and beyond the pandemic.