Friday, May 20

5,830 refugees from the Ukrainian war have obtained their papers in Spain in a week

One week after the activation of the first points to process temporary protection, 5,830 refugees from the war in Ukraine have obtained their residence and work permits -if they are of legal age-, according to data announced by the Minister of the Interior this Friday, which include requests answered by Thursday. Of the total authorizations, 2,416 have been processed in the reception centers of Madrid and Alicante, while the majority of resolutions, 3,414, have been managed in the police stations authorized by the National Police in the rest of the Spanish territory, according to the figures provided by Fernando Grande-Marlaska.

During a visit by the head of the Interior, without a press call, to the reception center for refugees from Ukraine located in Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid), the minister has reported for the first time the broken down figures of the requests for temporary protection resolved in the 54 police stations set up for this purpose and the comprehensive resources created by the Ministry of Inclusion to attend to those fleeing the Russian invasion, where the National Police is in charge of managing the files.

The autonomous communities where the most permits have been granted are Madrid (1,603 centralized in the center of Pozuelo) and the Valencian Community (908), regions that have reception centers for Ukrainians and higher concentrations of Ukrainian residents before the war. They are followed by Andalusia, with 827 approved authorizations; and Catalonia, with 474 applications answered favourably. In Barcelona, ​​the Government opens this Friday a specific space for processing documentation, but so far the files have been managed in police stations.

[Mapa: Ana Ordaz]

These data do not have to reflect that the provinces with the lowest number of permits granted have de facto received a smaller number of refugees from Ukraine, since it also depends on the capacity of each police station to process the requests in this first week of activation. of the procedure. The figures provided by the Interior include residence permits approved both for people who have come to Spain since the start of the conflict in search of protection, and for Ukrainian residents who were already living in the country but irregularly.

[Mapa: Ana Ordaz]

In addition to the open centers in Madrid, Barcelona and Alicante, requests for temporary protection can be made at the Immigration Offices of the Provincial Police Stations of all the provincial capitals, as well as at the police stations of Algeciras, Gijón, Vigo, Ceuta and Melilla. The Ministry of Inclusion has also announced the opening of a reception space in Malaga, whose opening date is still unknown. Precisely, the province of Malaga stands out with 421 approved requests, well above the figures handled by the authorized commissioners in the rest of Andalusia.

This week, the minister has emphasized the importance of refugees from the Russian offensive registering at one of the four “reference” points, given that they have personnel from social entities trained to “identify vulnerabilities” and thus refer them to corresponding resources or services. “It is very important that as many as possible pass through these centers, because they are potentially going to receive better care,” Escrivá stressed. However, for many citizens, traveling to one of these spaces means traveling long distances and the figures show that thousands of people are going to the police stations set up in their province.