The Supreme Court's decision recognizing the right of the Generalitat to manage the refugee shelter -including the resource that the State had brought- took the companies yesterday by surprise. After knowing the news, advanced by the ARA, the Government gathered some of the groups that are in charge of hosting in Catalonia to explain the changes, which are still pending negotiations in Madrid. "At first, we think that the closer it is to get better," said the head of migration programs by Cáritas Barcelona, Imma Mata. "We make a clear call to both the Generalitat and the State to take us into account in the negotiations," added the spokesman of the ECAS migration commission, Raúl Martínez. These two entities, as well as the Catalan Commission for Refugee Aid (CCAR), were "expectant" in the face of this change.
"We are worried that the same rights for all refugees who are not guaranteed will not be guaranteed," said a spokesman for the CCAR. Martínez agrees: "If other communities join, it could be that depending on where they come they have more or less resources." Caritas believes that this is one of the key points of the negotiation, but admits that these differences "are already in other matters." In addition, this entity, which had not received the state program because it considered it too rigid, saw the transfer as an "opportunity" to improve the reception.
The Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Chakir el Homrani, yesterday demanded the government of Pedro Sánchez that the transfer of competencies is "fast" and is associated with the appropriate economic resources. He noted that the fork moves between "14 and 20 million euros." The counselor noted that, once the transfer has been made, the Government will assess whether it maintains the state program or produces one of its own, but pointed out that the figures can not increase because the asylum rights continue to correspond to the State.