Zamora, Spain. Photo: Jose Miguel Sangar.
21 / November / 2022
In recent days, news of a job and long-term stay opportunity in Zamora, Spain, for Cubans, Argentines and Mexicans has been circulating on social media.
Known as the “Zamora Challenge”, the recently launched project aims to attract families from these countries who want to work in elderly care and live in the Spanish city. The a d It was carried out by the Minister of Family and Equal Opportunities, Isabel Blanco, on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, during a press conference held at the headquarters of the Territorial Delegation of the Council in Zamora.
Blanco explained the origin of the decision: “The development of the new person-centered care model promoted by the Junta de Castilla y León has confirmed the need to consider immigration as a strategic element to strengthen long-term care. . At present, 25% of the contracts concluded to provide personal assistance services in rural areas are carried out by immigrant professionals.
Spanish-Cuban lawyer Ariel Fraga Explain in an interview with MegaTV in Miami that “these are programs that arise from a difficult situation in Spain. The country has a double problem, birth rate and depopulation; what they call empty Spain (…). It is a policy that the autonomous governments follow to bring young people, people who have children, settle them with advantages and in the end everyone wins.
Who can apply and how??
touch established telephone contact with the Junta de Castilla y León, in Spain, through the number 983 410 900, in order to clarify the doubts shared on their social networks. Given the concern about who can apply for the program, the official who answered the call clarified that, in this pilot phase of the project, applications from Cuban, Mexican and Argentine citizens who also have current Spanish nationality and who descend from Zamoranos or another of the nine provinces of the autonomous community.
According to website from the Junta de Castilla y León, it should not receive more than twenty families, understanding the family unit as “composed of parents and children who depend on them”.
Candidates must be able to carry out work related to “local care and personal assistance for the elderly, disabled and dependent people”, as part of the project. Network care.
Among the main advantages of the program are the formalization of an employment contract with a minimum duration of one year, the possibility of a house whose rental costs will be borne by the project for the first three months and then the expenses will be assumed by the family. But “in any case, it will be low-cost social rentals, with the collaboration of the town halls and with the intermediation of the Junta de Castilla y León”.
“Reto Zamora” will assume the expenses of the transfer from the country of origin to the province in question and those deriving from the installation. In addition, it will facilitate the inclusion of minors in the education system of the autonomous community.
Among the requirements, candidates must complete a 50-hour training course in their home country, which qualifies them for the aforementioned jobs.
The call indicates that an application form must be completed with the data of the citizen, of the members who make up the family unit and two brief summaries on the education and work experience of the main applicant.
Requests will be processed by email only. In the case of Cuba, this will be done through the Association of Castilian and Leonese Societies and the e-mail indicated is [email protected].
However, when touch tried to establish contact this way to gather more information, the message could not be delivered because the recipient’s inbox was full.
In the MegaTV program, interested parties were also invited to go to the address “Colonia Zamorana de Cuba, Muralla No. 73, between Oficios and Mercaderes, Old Havana”.
The call for families who have submitted their application on time will take place during the first months of 2023 and “according to the contractualization needs detected by the entities participating in the projects”.
Castile and Leon and Cuba
The Association of Castilian and Leonese Societies in Cuba has its headquarters in Havana and is registered in the Registry of Castilian and Leonese Communities Abroad of the Junta de Castilla y León.
It is the only one of its kind in the country and brings together seven communities: the Burgos de Cuba Charitable Society, the Salmantina Colony of Cuba, the Leonesa Colony of Cuba, the Castilian Charitable Society of Cuba, the Villarino Club, the Zamorana Colony of Cuba and the Palencia colony of Cuba.
Data published by EuropaPress and collected at the National Institute of Statistics, dated January 1, 2022, indicate that “183,676 Castilians and Leonese are registered in the Register of Spaniards Residing Abroad (PERE), of which 9,712 reside in Cuba”.