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Spain: 22 Refugees Arrive From Italy To Be Relocated Within Country


On Wednesday, 22 of the 50 refugees due from Italy under the EU relocation program set up to tackle the humanitarian consequences of the war in Syria, arrived to be relocated in Spain. This now brings the total number of asylum-seekers from Italy to be relocated in Spain to 40.

Both the group that arrived on Wednesday and the group that arrived on Tuesday, May 24 from Greece form part of the total of 586 refugees that will arrive in Spain before the end of June.

Of the 22 refugees that arrived on Wednesday at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport from Rome, 9 will be relocated in Guipúzcoa, 3 in Madrid and 10 in Tarragona. All of them are men of Eritrean nationality. This is the second transfer of refugees from Italy, the first taking place at the end of 2015, comprising 18 asylum-seekers.

Forthcoming transfers

Over the coming days, two other groups of refugees are scheduled to arrive. On 30 May, 45 will arrive to be relocated in Álava (3), Asturias (7), Balearic Islands (8), Guadalajara (2), Guipúzcoa (6), Madrid (13) and Valladolid (6). This comprises 21 family groups, made up of a total of 22 men, 8 women and 15 children. 25 of these are of Syrian nationality, while 19 are of Iraqi nationality, plus 1 from the Central African Republic.

On June 1, the fourth group of refugees will arrive from Greece, comprising 19 asylum-seekers, 5 to be relocated to Salamanca and 14 to Navarre. This comprises 8 family groups, made up of a total of 8 men, 5 women and 6 children. 14 of these are of Syrian nationality and the other 5 of Iraqi nationality.

Following the arrival of 106 people over the course of 9 days, the Ministry of Home Affairs will have given a decisive boost to the process of taking in refugees, and it is forecast that by the end of the month of June, there will be 586 refugees in Spain in total, (200 through relocation programs from Greece and Italy and another 386 through resettlement programs from Lebanon and Turkey).

The Spanish System for the Reception and Integration of applicants/beneficiaries of international protection offers its beneficiaries a stay in 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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