The fourth vice president and minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, last one Rural Erasmus that he hopes to be able to present in full before the summer and make it a reality at end of next course 2021-2022.
It is a job bank aimed at young people to carry out their first work experience in a rural setting for at least three months. At the end of the next academic year, 200 students will enjoy this scholarship that will allow them to carry out the practices in a small municipality. The idea is to bring young people to the rural world and bring the talent to combat the depopulation.
Ribera explained on Sunday, in the presentation in Huesca of the preliminary ideas of the presentation on the demographic challenge in the framework of the 40th Congress of the PSOE, that this measure is inspired by a initiative “breaker” of the Zaragoza’s University –An internship program for university students in companies, institutions and associations of municipalities with less than 3,000 inhabitants launched in 2018 with the provincial council.
This internship employment program is included among the 130 measures of the plan designed by the Government Delegate Commission for the Demographic Challenge, approved by the Government and endowed with 10,000 million euros for the next three years. It is an initiative for students to live an experience in small rural environments and contribute their knowledge, explained the vice president.
Ribera indicated that to launch the program there is three elements to connect: the academic part with the universities, for which the Government is working with the Crue and does not rule out that it can also be done with the FP; the professional experience part of practices; and the part of accommodation. Regarding the latter, the head of the Department of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge pointed out that the option being considered is that the students live with neighbors in their homes, in those towns where they will develop their task.
This is one of the questions relating to demographic challenge to which Ribera referred in a meeting in Huesca in which Hana Jalloul, coordinator of the presentation 40th Congress of the PSOE, participated; Miguel Gracia, president of the Huesca Provincial Council and president of the Depopulation and Demographic Challenge Commission of the FEMP; and Denis Itxaso, speaker of the Autonomous Spain and Demographic Challenge chapter.
A demographic challenge that for Ribera emphasizes “a look that has probably eluded us for too long, although we had it in front of us”, faced with a “megatrend” of urbanization large urban agglomerations that generates great distortions in the territory, in Spain unparalleled with central Europe, and that in addition to Teruel, Soria and Cuenca, affects a good number of provinces if the large nuclei are excluded. “It is incredibly obvious that it is one of the greatest inequalities and inequalities that has passed us by without having seen it,” stressed the vice president.
According to Jalloul, they are almost 4,000 municipalities with a population density less than 12 inhabitants per square kilometer, the demographic risk threshold set by the European Union.