25,000 Ukrainian refugees have entered Spain, according to the Minister of Migration
Spanish Migration Minister Jose Luis Escriva revealed that around 25,000 Ukrainian nationals have entered the country since February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine.
The minister also pointed out that many arrivals are staying with family members or friends, with the number of registrations remaining relatively low at around 9,000-10,000 Ukrainians registering their arrival with the relevant authorities, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
Just recently, the Spanish government exceeded the ceiling of 10,000 temporary protections for Ukrainians. Additionally, the Home Office recently announced that it had registered, processed and granted approximately 10,260 refugees as of March 21.
“All protection requires a residence permit and, for adults, a work permit. In addition, under what is established by the General Directorate of Traffic, displaced persons who obtain temporary protection can legally use their driving license in Spain for at least one year”, says the press release.
Ukrainian refugees arriving in Spain can apply for temporary protection in the reception and accommodation centers approved by the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration in Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid), in the City of Light of Alicante and at the Fira de Barcelona, as well as in the 54 points of the National Police authorized for these procedures throughout Spain.
In addition, most applications for international protection from Ukrainian refugees were lodged in Madrid (2,751), followed by the Valencian Community (1,788), Catalonia (1,252) and Andalusia (1,206).
On March 9, Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska and Minister Luis Escriva signed the ordinance for the emergency procedure for recognition of temporary protection for Ukrainian refugees. This procedure aligns with the agreement reached on March 4 by the Council of Interior Ministers of the European Union, activating for the first time in history the European directive on temporary protection.
Moreover, Norway’s Prime Minister recently announced that his country is preparing to receive more than 100,000 citizens fleeing Ukraine due to the Russian invasion of the Eastern European country.
“It’s not the most likely outcome, but we have to have plans and be prepared because it could happen,” Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said of the accommodations as the country plans to house the refugees in sports arenas, warehouses or even tents.
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According to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, around ten million Ukrainians have left the country, of whom more than two million have reached Poland while the rest are hosted in Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.