Tuesday 12th April 2022 – Mike Smith
Source: original article – Carlos López (Xàbia AL DÍA)
A minimum of 65 families have arrived in Xàbia fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and it is a minimum, because they are the ones that have contacted the Department of Social Services in the municipality.
This was confirmed to Xàbia AL DÍA by the responsible councillor Rita Berruti and the councillor for Education, Montse Villaverde, during the press conference to present the workshops to support work and family life during the Easter holidays.
Both confirmed that they have accounted for that number of families because they are the ones that have contacted Department of Social Services or the Cruz Roja in Xàbia. However, they added that they are aware of an undetermined number of families who have fled the country and are in Xàbia, but have not contacted the municipal department.
They have insisted that all those families or refugees who have arrived in Xàbia should contact the municipal department or the Cruz Roja to be able to monitor their situation, offer them help if necessary or accompany them in the procedures for registering with National Police.
However, the councillor for education was not able to specify the number of Ukrainian children who have joined the educational centres of the municipality, although a few days ago, the general director of region sports, Josep Miquel Moyá, suggested that it was about 20.
However, Villaverde explained that some families have chosen not to send their children to school in Spain because they think that the war is temporary and they are continuing their education online connected with their classmates who have stayed in their country. She added that instead they have noticed an increase in the presence of schoolchildren in extracurricular activities, such as music or sports.