Last July, the Abarka team was invited to Amsterdam by the Here to Support foundation, within the Amsterdam City Rights project, to attend the academic week dedicated to human rights. The Amsterdam City Rights project aims to bring together the inhabitants of Amsterdam with and without papers, in order to join forces to ensure and improve human and social rights in the city.
We proposed to do our bit by holding a gastronomic experience like the ones we have been doing in Barcelona since the beginning of the year. The Here to Support team set to work to find people who wanted and could come to our experience.
Finally they found a group of 25 young people from the north of the Netherlands who had spent most of the summer learning about the situation of undocumented people in their own country, and understanding realities that were far from their own.
During the experience we were able to interact with the young people. Debates were generated regarding the rights that they enjoyed in the city for being documented and the privileges that this administrative situation granted them vs. the existing problems derived from institutional racism, accentuated by the laws of foreigners in European countries that prevented undocumented people from enjoying the same privileges.
It was a very nice experience to be able to do this activity abroad for the first time, and we hope it will be the first of many. Despite the differences in legislation between Spain and the Netherlands, as well as with other European countries, the situation of imposed precariousness and the difficulty of regularization is a common factor found throughout the European Union.
It is for this reason that from Abarka we consider it of imperative need to generate a community awareness in this regard, as well as weaving networks and unions with different entities at the state and international level to be able to act accordingly,
Many thanks to all the people who made it possible, and especially to the Here to Support team and Top Manta for giving us the opportunity to be there.