The BACstation programme was launched in 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, as a comprehensive residential shelter resource for young solo migrants living on the streets and without any family ties.
BACstations are temporary shelters whose cornerstones include training, socialisation, language lessons, administrative and legal support, physical and emotional healthcare and employment insertion; in short, all the basic ingredients needed to guarantee that young migrants are successfully integrated into our society and thus to create a win-win situation for everyone.
Our shelters provide our students with a place to live, eat, take refuge and continue with their training and language learning without putting their physical well-being at risk. At the same time, we focus on their social inclusion, provide them with legal and administrative support and include them in the employment insertion itinerary to help them achieve total emancipation and autonomy.
Throughout this process, the support and accompaniment provided by volunteers who nurture and enrich their social network is key: from language teachers right through to kitchen volunteers, recreational activity volunteers, mentors, academic counsellors and work coaches.
At present, we have three BACstations: BACstation Vallcarca, BACstation Gràcia and BACstation La Salle.
To make this project sustainable, we rely on funders such as the Nommontu Foundation, Barcelona City Council, the Obra Social La Caixa, the Catalan government and major food donors such as the Banc dels Aliments (food bank), Ferrer Sustainability and the EU Food Programme.
With the testimony of BAC students and director and founder Laia Serrano, the newspaper reported on the difficulties and rejections encountered by former students when they try to find accommodation.
“If they have a salary, why can’t they rent a room? It’s unfair and it makes no sense”, Laia Serrano points out in the article. Many encounter prejudice and racism even after they have regularised their administrative situation and secured a stable job and savings to help them achieve emancipation, and this prevents them from leaving the shelter.
Betevé highlighted the difficulties faced by young migrants in obtaining a work permit. In this report, we saw how the lives of Abdelhaq, Bilal and Iliass had evolved after a year of participating in this cohabitation, training and support project and how they had become success stories of the Foundation. Abdelhaq lives in a flat supervised by the Directorate General for Child and Adolescent Care (DGAIA), Bilal lives in France with some relatives and Iliass has found a job and rented a room.
Hamid arrived at BarcelonActua at the age of 22 after fleeing Iran when he was just 16 years old. Now we are helping him move forward on this difficult path. He already has his papers and a roof over his head at BACstation Gràcia.
The newspaper also detailed his long journey to Barcelona and his great passion: football!