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Negrense joins call to grant
migrants citizenship in Europe
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

 

Negrense Fr. Jaazeal Jakosalem joined the calls of overseas Filipino workers in Europe for the grant of full citizenship rights and regularization of all migrants and refugees amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

    The campaign was organized by International Migrants Alliance- Europe, a grassroots-led regional formation of organizations of migrants, immigrants, refugees and displaced people.

    “Our call is equally beneficial to all Filipinos living and working in Europe, especially the undocumented. We are all affected in this crisis,” Jakosalem, who is currently based in Europe and working with Arcores International, said.

    He added, “We hope our embassies and officials working for the Philippine government will support our call. This is the best time to be in solidarity with our humanitarian call.”

    There are about 100,000 Filipinos working and living in Europe without legal migrant status, and almost 200,000 Filipinos with legal status.

    “Aside from their fear of losing their jobs due to the inevitable financial crisis brought about by the pandemic, they also fear being accosted or arrested on the streets for not having the proper identification, stay and work permits if they need to go to work or buy their provisions,” Zaria Galliano, IMA-Europe chairperson, said.

    In a statement, the International Migrants Alliance-Europe said, “We need to call on policymakers to ensure that during this pandemic, vulnerable communities of migrants, refugees and displaced people are protected and afforded social and welfare assistance in recognition of their sacrifices and contribution towards alleviating the current global health crisis.”*

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