Xenophobia: Apolinário defends «social integration in an Algarve land of hope»

Referring to the case of the young Nepalese migrant who was robbed and attacked in Olhão

The president of the Commission for Coordination and Regional Development (CCDR) of the Algarve today publicly expressed "disgust at the act of xenophobia perpetrated against young migrants who, in the region, make their contribution to the creation of wealth, contribute significantly to the system of social security, in this land of hope for those who live and work here».

Referring to the case of the young Nepalese migrant who was robbed and attacked in Olhão, José Apolinário argues that «the Algarve has always been a region open to immigration, which has been able to welcome and integrate all those who choose the region to work, visit and reside ».

For the president of CCDR Algarve, this is a «sporadic and perfectly identified case of xenophobia» that is «contrary to the identity and culture of the citizens of our region».

«Together between the Municipalities, decentralized entities of the public administration and the Local Social Action Councils, the region has developed practices of interculturality and support for the inclusion of migrants, either by encouraging the elaboration of local strategies, or by supporting the creation of Local Support Centers for the Integration of Migrants, as spaces for promoting support, dialogue and inclusion», concludes José Apolinário.

This week, videos appeared on the internet of several young people violently attacking, with sticks, punches and kicks, an Asian man, whose hair they even tried to burn, a situation that the President of the Republic has also repudiated.

O PAN of Olhão also expressed its repudiation about this case of xenophobia.