Wednesday, November 30

The Secretary of State for Migration leaves in the midst of a refugee crisis and forces Escrivá to undergo a fifth remodeling

It is the fifth political change that occurs in the department led by José Luis Escrivá. Until now Secretary of State for Migration, Jesús Perea, leaves the post in the midst of a refugee crisis due to the war in Ukraine. The Ministry of Social Security, Migration and Inclusion avoids commenting on the replacement, which several government sources confirm to that it will take place in the next council of ministers and that they link to a long-standing lack of understanding with the minister.

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The discharge occurs at a very delicate moment for the department on which the reception system depends, which has had to multiply its capacities to receive some 120,000 people fleeing the war in Ukraine. Precisely this Monday, Minister Escrivá presented at a press conference the balance of migration management coinciding with World Refugee Day, in which he announced a direct subsidy of 400 euros – which can be increased by another 100 for each dependent child – for six months for families arriving from Ukraine.

Inclusion calculates that there are some 100,000 displaced people outside the reception system – which cares for some 21,000 – and its estimate is that 40% could benefit from this new benefit that will be received by those who are registered, have a Social Security affiliation number and demonstrate not have the resources to cover their daily needs.

Perea’s departure is the fifth escape that has occurred so far in the legislature in the Department of Migration, dependent on the ministry from which the Social Security and Inclusion portfolios also hang. His replacement will be the third Secretary of State to accompany Escrivá during his time in government. The first was the socialist Hana Jalloul, who left office to run as number two of Ángel Gabilondo’s candidacy in the Madrid elections of May 2021.

Jalloul was replaced by Perea, at that time from the Secretary of State for Communication, where he had worked under Miguel Ángel Oliver as director of the Department of Autonomous Information. He had previously been part of Pedro Sánchez’s speech unit, which he will join soon.

To the changes in the Secretary of State, which is the main rank after the minister, three other remodelings are added in the two and a half years that the legislature has been in office. Last November, Maite Pacheco resigned as General Director of Inclusion and Humanitarian Reception. Although she avoided giving details of her departure, in the socialist ranks they blamed it on disagreements with Escrivá. The week before, it was the deputy general director of Programs, Amapola Blasco, who had left.

Pacheco had been appointed less than a year earlier, in December 2020, replacing Francisco Dorado. Then the Ministry justified that the restructuring was “strategic” and that it was looking for a profile like Pacheco’s to lead the reform of the reception system for asylum seekers in Spain to end a format based mainly on subsidies to NGOs to be replaced by a competitive bidding system. But neither was Dorado the first person in charge of this especially delicate area for a progressive executive and that Sánchez removed from the Interior when he arrived in Moncloa in 2018. At the end of April 2020, in the midst of a state of alarm, Irune Aguirrezabal presented his resignation as general director Migration just two months after taking office.

Government sources point out that Escrivá’s “character” is behind the numerous changes in his department. In recent weeks, moreover, discomfort has increased in the socialist ranks due to the complex negotiations on pensions that have jeopardized some measures. One of the criticisms coming from his companions in the socialist wing is that the minister lacks a political profile and goes it alone in some of these negotiations.