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
“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
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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