Every year the Immigration Council chooses a main theme, proposed by member entities through a participatory process and agreed with the Standing Committee, which it works on throughout the year, at the Gathering, Awards and other participatory events or formats.
The theme for 2019 is:
Migrants and Ageing
With a topic of future relevance such as this, the CMIB aims to establish a roadmap and anticipate the reality of coming years. There are a lot of communities that have been in Barcelona for many years, and family re-unification is leading to the arrival of more and more elderly migrants.
The Municipal Immigration Council is taking a series of steps to further investigate this subject, including:
- Research and report: on the reality of elderly migrants and proposals. This will be presented progressively as part of the BCN Diverse City Gathering and full CMIB meetings.
- Collaboration with the Senior Citizens Council and other programmes and organisations linked to the topic: Participation in the 5th Voices of the Elderly Convention: 5 and 6 March.
- Invitation to take part in the CMIB Award
- BCN Diverse City Gathering: The gathering covers various areas, including active ageing and well-being, activities in the auditorium marquee, discussions, fun activities, awareness-raising and protest initiatives etc.
- Information and training session on the reality of elderly migrants and the resources available for them.
- Manifesto. To be drafted and approved by the organisations. To be read out at the gathering.
2018 - Immigrants and discrimination in the right to housing
The CMIB chose this subject for 2018.
It is an issue that affects the entire population but especially migrants in their daily lives and in their rights and opportunities, through specific obstacles such as Spain’s Immigration Act and situations where their official papers are not in order, or the discrimination and often racism they suffer, among other things.
- Report “Immigrants and Discrimination in the Right to Housing” CMIB proposals
- Manifesto drawn up by the entities and read at the 2018 BCN Diverse City Gathering
- Awareness-raising video, with the CMIB entities taking part
- BCN Diverse City Gathering, devoted to demanding this right
- Open day at the Gathering, 4 November 2018
- Information session with participation from Housing Offices and the Office for Non-Discrimination
2017 - Bringing dignity to domestic and care work
The Council chose this as the central issue for 2017, on the initiative of several associations aware of the injustice at both the employment and social level regarding the rights of people working in this sector, who are mostly women and foreign-national immigrants.
The following initiatives aimed at the goals of dignifying, awareness-raising and social recognition were carried out:
- Domestic and Care Work Group
- 'The 68 proposals for Dignifying Domestic and Care Work' document: Proposals aimed at the various authorities according to their respective jurisdictions.
- The CMIB's BCN diverse city Get-Together: Day event for dignifying domestic and care work
- Manifesto for dignifying domestic and care work. Participatory reading at the Get-Together and at other events.
- The CMIB Award
- Video Domestic and carer work, a task for dignifying: presented on 22 October at the Auditori and aimed at providing information and raising awareness.
- Institutional Declaration from Barcelona City Council for Dignifying people's Domestic and Care Work, approved on 22 December.
- Government Measure for Democratising Care Work.
- 189 OIT Agreement
- 2018- 2019 Domestic and Carer Work Group
- Reference documents, consultation guides, studies and legislation
2016 - Economic and employment strategies through diversity
2016 was dedicated to search for tailor made strategies and actions to take into account group needs related to job search, development and improvement of competence. To adjust itineraries to identifieed interests and needs, a continuous task of cooperation and communication with the entities must be carried out to build each formative proposal.
2015 - Right to vote and full citizenship
The right to vote is one of the central aspects of citizenship, because it defines who is part of the community and who can choose their representatives. From the Municipal Immigration Council of Barcelona, the problem of the right to vote of foreigners has been studied to help to the recognition of full citizenship, and therefore, to the right to active and passive suffrage of community residents and Extracommunity to all electoral contests in Spain.
- Report “El dret a vot dels immigrants”
- Manifesto of the Municipal Immigration Council of Barcelona for the non-instrumentalization of immigration in municipal elections.
- Manifesto from the Municipal Immigration Council of Barcelona and entities of the Xarxa d'Acollida a Persones Immigrades about the granting of Spanish Nationality by residence.
- Institutional Declaration Right to vote
- Adpoted Motion due to the request for voting rights in the municipal elections of foreigners residing in Barcelona.
- CMIB Award
- Entities Meeting, 25 d’octubre de 2015
- My city - my vote