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Sanchez announces €6.3 million to stop "forgotten crisis" of displaced people in Central America



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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced that Spain will allocate 6.3 million euros (7.6 million dollars) to help the crisis of forcibly displaced people in Central America, in San Jose, on Thursday.

“In the last five years, Spain has channelled development aid to the MIRPS (Regional Integrated Framework for Protection and Solutions) countries in value of 350 million euros, but obviously, the urgency of the situation has led us to double our efforts and in this sense I would also like to announce that Spain is going to contribute 6.3 million euros, 7.6 million dollars in the period 2021-2022 as direct support for the action plans of the MIRPS countries,” the Spanish president said.

Sanchez made the statements in the Costa Rican capital, during a solidarity event for forcibly displaced people and the communities that host them in the Central American and Mexican region. The event was organised by the OAS (Organisation of American States) and was also attended by the President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, and UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi, among other high profile politicians.

SOT, Pedro Sanchez, President of Spain (Spanish): ‘We are meeting to explore ways to address together the drama of forced displacement in Central America and to prevent what is a forgotten crisis on the international stage. According to the UNHCR, there are one million forcibly displaced people in this region, a reality that is particularly hard on women and children, and which has complex causes, as President Alvarado has rightly said, in addition to economic, environmental and security issues, and now the covid-19 pandemic.”

SOT, Pedro Sanchez, President of Spain (Spanish): “By the principle of shared responsibility enshrined in the global pact on refugees, we must act urgently to address this crisis and its foundations. In the last 5 years, Spain has channelled development aid to the MIRPS (Regional Integrated Framework for Protection and Solutions) countries to the tune of 350 million euros, but obviously, the urgency of the situation means that we must double our efforts and in this regard I would also like to announce that Spain is going to contribute 6.3 million euros, 7.6 million dollars in the period 2021-2022 as direct support for the action plans of the MIRPS countries.”

SOT, Pedro Sanchez, President of Spain (Spanish): “In the face of the displacement crisis, we will also focus our efforts on strengthening the capacities of governments, host communities, providing health care and facilitating access to population and employment for the affected population. The decision to migrate must be a free choice and not the only way out of a lack of opportunities.”

SOT, Pedro Sanchez, President of Spain (Spanish): “We therefore call for greater attention from the international community to this phenomenon and I trust that this solidarity event will allow us to mobilise support and seek solutions to the root causes of forced displacement in Central America. You can count on Spain.”

SOT, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of the Republic of Costa Rica (Spanish): “Our commitment, our duty to human rights obliges us to do this, and in the face of other interests and other agendas, for a moment, let solidarity alone help us to respond to this issue. We look forward with hope to the commitments that can be made in this space to protect the most vulnerable.”

SOT, Alejandro Giammattei, President of Guatemala (Spanish): “People don’t leave because they want to. People leave because they need to, people leave because of the lack of education, the lack of a health system, the lack of work, the lack of housing and in some cases, for reasons of insecurity. People are forced to leave. Yesterday a 5 year old Guatemalan girl was found lost in the US desert. Imagine the picture of a 5 year old girl in a desert where a coyote had left her stranded.”

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