Spain grants more than 100,000 temporary protection permits to Ukrainian citizens. Image: @sanchezcastejon/Twitter
THE Spanish government has granted more than 100,000 temporary protection permits to people displaced by war in Ukraine since the start of the conflict, according to recent data.
As of Tuesday, May 17, a total of 102,732 temporary protection permits have been issued to Ukrainian citizens and so far a total of 24,983 identity cards have been issued to refugees.
The data was provided by Police Director General Francisco Pardo during an appearance before the Senate Interior Committee.
Pardo also reported on Tuesday May 17 that more than 2,500 refugees are currently being cared for “daily” at police stations in the four centers set up in Madrid, Alicante, Barcelona and Malaga.
On Wednesday April 20, the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, visited the Ukrainian refugee center in Malaga before flying to kyiv to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The visit to the center in Malaga concluded Sánchez’s tour of the four centers set up by the Spanish Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration.
The Madrid town of Pozuelo de Alarcón was the first to receive the president’s visit on March 14, followed at the end of March by the facilities of Ciudad de la Luz in Alicante. On Friday April 8, the President traveled to Barcelona to visit the refugee center set up in the Montjuïc exhibition center of the Fira de Barcelona.
The centers aim to provide Ukrainians with a temporary protection permit, valid for one year, which allows them to live and work in Spain.
They also offer them temporary accommodation in the same establishments or in others located around the establishments as well as effective referrals to the most appropriate places in each case within the state system, in the autonomous regions or with the families of homepage.
After his visit to Malaga, the Spanish Prime Minister then traveled to the Ukrainian capital to meet President Volodymyr Zelensky on April 21.
Interestingly, Sánchez and Zelensky are both set to join the Davos Forum, an annual meeting hosted by the World Economic Forum (WEF) from May 22-26.
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