Vitoria (EFE).- The Spanish Government has called the tender for the construction project of the international refugee reception center in the former residence of Arana, in Vitoria.
The Official State Gazette (BOE) publishes this Thursday the announcement of the Secretary of State for Migrations for the drafting of the construction project and the carrying out of the rehabilitation works of the building.
It has given the processing an urgent character.
The estimated economic value is 14.6 million euros and the execution period is 4 months for the drafting of the project and 12 months for the execution of the work from its approval.
Other refugee centers
Recently, the general director of management of the Reception System in Matters of International and Temporary Protection of the Government of Spain, Amapola Blasco, announced that despite the controversy that arose with the Basque Government and the PNV, the decision to build the Vitoria center, which will have with 350 places, it is “definitive”.
This center will not be an isolated resource, but in Spain there are other centers with similar dimensions.
Specifically, there are four (one in Valencia, two in the Community of Madrid and another in Seville).
In addition, the Government plans other centers such as the one in the Álava capital in Soria, Valladolid and Mérida.
The center of Vitoria, with the opposition of the PNV
The Vitoria project has been opposed by the PNV, which understands that it does not correspond to what it calls the “Basque model” of care for refugees.
The mayor of Vitoria, Gorka Urtaran, sent a letter to the Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migrations, José Luis Escrivá, in which he asked him to suspend the project and to open a period of reflection and shared work with the Basque institutions.
The PNV spokesman in Congress, Aitor Esteban, went so far as to affirm that this project “can be reversed perfectly.”
The Minister of Equality, Justice and Social Policies of the Basque Government, Beatriz Artolazabal, stated today that she also wrote to Escrivá to request information about this center and that she has not yet received a response.
He has expressed his “surprise” when verifying that as a Basque Government he still does not have first-hand information.
For his part, the Government delegate in the Basque Country, Denis Itxaso, criticized in his day that words like “macrocentro” and “ghettoization” -used by Artolazabal- can “deteriorate coexistence and do not respond to the reality of the reception system ».
He also warned that they entail a “risk of paying certain rejection speeches.” EFE