Global pacts were discussed as the centerpiece of the Conference
On December 17, the University commemorated International Migrants Day with a conference under the title "Global Pacts, Coexistence and Integration", which included the participation of the Consulate and the Embassy of Ecuador, the Basque Immigration Observatory (“IKUSPEGI”), the Jesuit Migrant Service (“SJM” or Servicio Jesuita de Migrantes, in Spanish), in addition to the collaboration of PorCausa and the Rumiñahui Association.
The Conference began with a formal welcome by the Rector, Julio L. Martínez, SJ, who referred to immigration from the perspective of the right to mobility. The first Round Table was constituted by the Ambassador of Ecuador to Spain, Cristóbal Roldán, and by the Director of the Institute of University Studies on Migrations (“IUEM”, in its Spanish abbreviation), Alberto Ares. Roldán presented an introduction to the issue of migration, referring to the Belgian government as "an example to follow", by signing the document known as the Global Pact even though the government could crumble under the weight of xenophobic discourse. Ares, moreover, delivered a speech on "Global Pacts, on Coexistence and Integration", stressing the importance of diversity in our societies. The subsequent Round Table was formed by experts: Gorka Moreno, of IKUSPEGI, Mª Carmen de la Fuente, of SJM, the Jesuit Migrant Service, and Juan Iglesias, Director of the Chair for Refugees and Forced Migrants. Lastly, Vivian Intrago and Miguel Antepara shared their life experiences in Spain from a very enriching perspective. The Conference ended with the conclusions of Felipe Vega, Consul of the Embassy of Ecuador in Spain.