First refugees arrive in Spain

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THE first war refugees to be resettled arrived in Spain last night November 8.

A total of 12 adults – eight men and four women, of whom one man is from Syria and the rest are from Eritrea, East Africa – arrived in Adolfo Suárez-Barajas airport in Madrid. The secretary of state for security Francisco Martínez and his counterpart for immigration and emigration Marina del Corral met the refugees coming on a flight from Italy.

A number of charities and other organisations have agreed to work with refugees in Spain until it is safe for them to return home. A press note from the two secretaries of state said, they would take care of the refugees and “attend to their initial basic needs.”

The note states that the new arrivals would have healthcare, education, and full integration into Spanish society, including learning the language and skills necessary to help them find jobs “in accordance with European Union directives.”

This is the first step of a ‘pilot experience’ carried out by Spain to enable the country to work out proper procedures for resettling refugees and keep with EU requirements.

Spain is one of the first five EU nations to launch the pilot experience, and hopes more countries will soon do so too.

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