Every year thousands of people cross through the doors of Migra Studium to take lessons in Spanish and to sign up for courses in electricity, cooking, and plumbing. At Migra Studium they can also receive legal advice, start their regularisation process, and participate in recreational and cultural activities. As soon as they cross through the doors, they are accompanied and assisted so that they can exercise their rights.
In 2017, Migra Studium launched Hospitalaris, a project that provides lodging for refugees and migrants in private homes. Since then, more than 70 migrants have been able to share in the day-to-day life of these homes, where they are able to learn both Spanish and Catalan, expand their network of relationships, and share their hosts’ experiences and knowledge on a daily basis.
People are always able to grow and become more human when they are welcoming of others, especially those they may perceive as strangers. In the Christian tradition we remember how Abraham, as a nomad in the desert, unknowingly welcomed God himself as guest.
Saint Peter Claver, who was born in the Catalan village of Verdú, devoted himself body and soul for decades to tenderly caring for the enslaved Africans who arrived on the American continent. Years before, when he was a young student, Claver had witnessed the slave ships and the infamous human trafficking in this very city of Barcelona. Even then he felt called to follow Jesus by taking the side of the victims.