DeustoForum will start the lecture series "Miradas para acompañar" to address the immigration phenomenon

DeustoAlumni Social collaborates in this initiative with which it wants to invite alumni to look at the reality suffered by immigrants and denounce injustices. Gonzalo Fanjul, researcher and anti-poverty activist, opened the event with a lecture on human mobility, focusing on alternatives to a failed migration model.
 

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10 December 2019

Bilbao Campus

DeustoForum has launched the new lecture series "Miradas para acompañar", which aims to tackle the phenomenon of immigration in depth. DeustoAlumni Social also collaborates in this initiative with which it wants to invite alumni to look at the reality suffered by immigrants and denounce injustices. The aim of this new activity is to give visibility to that world of excluded people that global policies have made totally invisible and unjustly treated groups.

Immigration affects the lives of all people to a greater or lesser extent, both in home and host countries, where some political leaders such as Trump, Bolsanaro, Le Pen or Farage talk cynically about Human Rights and promote hatred against immigrants. Moreover, as seen in the last elections, the policies of so-called "authoritarian populism" continue to be implemented and expanded to everyone's shock and surprise.

However, migration is a fundamental aspect of development and ending poverty is the first of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Despite this, poverty, violence and lack of opportunities still limit community development and drive millions of people to leave their communities in search of a better future. The new series will address all these issues.

Gonzalo Fanjul and poverty

Gonzalo Fanjul, researcher and anti-poverty activist, was in charge of opening this series on 10 December with a lecture on human mobility, focusing on alternatives to a failed migration model. History is a story of people moving in search of horizons of prosperity and security. Countries such as ours have been, depending on the conditions at the time, the origin or destination of emigrants. We are all surely descendants of mobility.

The consequence of violence and inequality is an all time high in the number of displaced people in the world. At the same time, a current of fear and rejection of migrants is spreading, resulting in xenophobic and defensive discourses and policies. However, there are many positive experiences of far less restrictive and fearful models of human mobility than we have today.

In Gonzalo Fanjul's opinion, there is a need for a narrative on human mobility that does not challenge but replaces the current one, which sees immigration as a problem and a threat from both left and right-wing perspectives. 

Upcoming speakers

The "Miradas para acompañar" series will continue on 4 February with a talk by Pepa Torres, philologist, theologian, social educator and feminist. A roundtable discussion with Joseba Seguro, assistant bishop of Bilbao, and Carmen de la Fuente, coordinator of the Jesuit Migrant Service and director of the Migra Studium Foundation, is scheduled to follow (date to be confirmed).