Spain Accepts 164 Refugees: 115 Of Syrian Nationality, 42 From Iraq


A total of 164 refugees have arrived in Spain from Greece, under the European Union relocation program set up to tackle the humanitarian consequences of the war in Syria.

This group, one of the largest to arrive in our country to date, is made up of 115 Syrian nationals, 42 Iraqi nationals, one Yemeni national and six stateless persons.

According to the government, 74 of them are men, 24 are women, and 66 are children.

The 164 refugees, who arrived at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport will be relocated to Alava (10), Asturias (4), Avila (5), Barcelona (13), Caceres (4), Cantabria (6), Gerona (8), Guipuzcoa (2), Huesca (1), Madrid (36), Murcia (15), La Rioja (9), Salamanca (8), Seville (6), Segovia (3), Tarragona (5), Valencia (9), Valladolid (7), Biscay (5) and Zaragoza (8).

Spain has now taken in a total of 1,888 applicants for international protection, 1,257 under the relocation program and 631 under the resettlement program.

The Spanish System for the Reception and Integration of applicants/beneficiaries of international protection offers its beneficiaries a stay at a reception center of the Ministry of Employment and Social Security or of an NGO (subsidized by the government) at which they are guaranteed lodging, meals, legal advice, psychological assistance, social care and advice, accompaniment to education centers, public health and social centers, language learning and basic social skills, guidance and intermediation for vocational training and job reinsertion, cultural activities and economic aid.

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