Wednesday, August 10

A second European Union plane lands in Madrid with 38 Afghan workers and their families


A second plane with 38 Afghan workers from the European Union and their families has landed early this afternoon at the Torrejón de Ardoz air base, Madrid, from which they will be sent in the next few days to their final destination in other member states. , according to diplomatic sources have informed Europa Press.

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The flight, which on this occasion has arrived from Paris, is part of the agreement reached by the Twenty-seven at the proposal of the Government for Spain to serve as an entry hub for Afghans who worked for the block and their families and their subsequent distribution for the rest of the countries.

The first of these flights, which arrived via Rome and was also chartered by the European External Action Service (EEAS), which bears all the costs of the operation, landed on Thursday night with 36 people on board, all of whom According to Moncloa, they will be sent to Denmark, Germany, Poland and Latvia.

All of them, along with some of the Afghans evacuated in the first plane chartered by the Government and who also worked for the EU, will remain temporarily in the facilities that have been set up at the Torrejón de Ardoz base.

The President of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, will visit these reception facilities, who will be accompanied by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez.

In total, the temporary transit facilities installed have the capacity to accommodate up to 800 people, with differentiated spaces for women and children.

They also have a dining room for 200 people, toilet areas and showers, and a space has been set up for children to play, another for breastfeeding and baby feeding, and another for health and psychological care. All of them will be provided with food, drink, masks and feminine and infant hygiene utensils.



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