BUENOS AIRES – A representative of the Spanish autonomous region of Castile and Leon, Jose Manuel Herrero, thanked Argentina on Friday for sheltering Spanish migrants, which he said has made them a “richer” community.
During a ceremony in Buenos Aires, Herrero said he wanted to express his gratitude for the opportunity given to the Castilian and Spanish migrants in Argentina.
He also emphasized the hard work of the people from Castile and Leon – who form the second largest group from abroad in Argentina, after Galicia – in Buenos Aires and the rest of the country for more than a century.
Herrero further talked about the desire to keep strengthening this workforce and the interest of the people from his region in contributing to it for “another hundred years at least.”
Herrero was given a plaque of the city by officials in recognition of his visit, and a book containing the itinerary of the Camino de Santiago (Road to Santiago) pilgrimage in Spain, as a symbol of the meeting point between the two nations.
Ruling party legislator Emilio Raposo Varela said Herrero’s visit contributes to strengthening relations between Spain and Argentina at a moment when both face significant challenges.
The president of the community of people from Castile and Leon in Argentina, Pedro Bello Diaz, thanked the South American country for having received the people from his community and providing them work, shelter and education.
The ceremony concluded Herrero’s official visit to the city, which started early Friday with a meeting with the Spanish General Consul to Argentina, Rafael Tormo, in which they discussed the initiatives approved by the government for their people living abroad, including economic aid and facilities for return.
He later met with representatives of several groups from the region and urged the new generation of Castile and Leon people to promote their community in the Latin American country.