Spanish and Ukrainian families share their experience of coexistence in the project ‘Family needs a family’

The Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration has brought together, on the occasion of Refugee Week, Spanish and Ukrainian families who are participating in the pioneering project ‘Family needs a family’, promoted by the Ministry and the La Caixa Foundation.

This project has been implemented by the Ministry in collaboration with the La Caixa Foundation through which Spanish homes selflessly welcome displaced persons due to the invasion of Ukraine. The Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, José Luis Escrivá, highlighted how emotional and moving the event was and valued, on the one hand, the hope of these families in being able to return to their country as soon as possible and, on the other, the generosity with which they are being welcomed by Spanish families.

During the meeting, at the ministerial headquarters, three Spanish families and the Ukrainian families they have shared their experiences of coexistence and integration during the first weeks of operation of this pioneering initiative, which seeks to favour the inclusion and adaptation of the people displaced by the conflict through their insertion in a stable family environment.

Both the Ukrainian and Spanish families have highlighted the positive and enriching aspects of this reception formula, which has the collaboration of different social entities that accompany and guide the participants throughout the selection, connection and coexistence process.

The program is developed in several phases to guarantee the suitability and harmony of the participating coexistence units. To date there are 473 Spanish families that have reached the final selection phase, are suitable, and therefore are already living together or will soon do so with Ukrainian families displaced by the conflict. To date, the pilot project is being carried out in Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Malaga and Murcia, as announced by the minister, and will soon be extended to Girona and Alicante.