Facing the Challenges of Immigration

The Spanish Friends discuss the many questions raised as millions of displaced people try to make a new home in Europe
13 July 2016

From left: Prof. Teodoro León Gross, Herman Ritcher,  José Ortiz, Prof. Alberto Spektorowski  and Prof. José María Gay de Liébana 


The Spanish Friends of TAU in collaboration with the municipality of Torremolinos held a symposium on the socio-economic and cultural impact of recent refugee immigration to Europe. Over 120 participants heard expert opinions on the many issues facing the continent from TAU's Prof. Alberto Spektorowski, economic commentator Prof. José María Gay de Liebana and journalist Prof. Teodoro León Gross.


"We break down borders between countries and build them between people. We must establish transnational politics and deal with the immigration issue from a common standpoint. From an economics perspective, the benefits of immigration outweigh its costs, particularly as Europe is facing an aging population at an accelerated rate" surmised Prof. Spektorowski, a political scientist at the Gershon H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences.


Attending the event were Spanish Friends President Patricia Nahmad and Mayor of Torremolinos Jose Ortiz. Ortiz thanked the Spanish Friends for choosing to hold the event in Torremolinos, a city where 21% of the population are foreigners coming from 170 nations.


Pictured: Speakers with members of the Spanish Friends



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