Monday, September 20

Sánchez and the king visit the reception camp in Torrejón de Ardoz

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and King Felipe VI have visited this Saturday the device installed in the Torrejón area base in Madrid to receive the Afghan citizens evacuated from the country and the camp where the last ones who arrived in the country are installed. Spain this Friday after being part of the last flights that could participate in the evacuation work at the Kabul airport.

Upon his arrival at the Torrejón air base, the king chaired the meeting of the interministerial working group on Afghanistan, after this Friday the evacuation mission from the airport of the Afghan capital was concluded. In it, Felipe VI has asked the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, to convey “recognition” to all the people who have participated in the reception of Afghan refugees “for their will and professional capacity,” according to sources from the Royal House.

After the half-hour meeting, Felipe VI and Sánchez, accompanied by seven ministers, toured the device that provided the first attention to the Afghan citizens who have been arriving at the Torrejón base.

Newcomers care protocol

The first counter installed in an Air Force hangar is that of Foreign Health, where the first medical attention was given to the new arrivals, their temperature was taken and a PCR test was carried out before being attended by Consular Emergency personnel for their ID.

The refugees were then cared for by Red Cross services, especially children and families, and by members of the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Services and Migration. Members of the Ministry of Defense are the ones who coordinate the entire device and members of the National Police, supported by the Civil Guard, carry out their final identification and initiate the procedures for granting the temporary permit to stay in Spain.

The Afghans then moved to the camp set up at the same base in Torrejón, where they spend their first hours in Spain. Felipe VI and the members of the Government have also traveled there, although without images. At the end of this Friday there were about 600 citizens staying in the camp, although it is expected that by the end of this Saturday only about 200 remain, according to sources from the Palacio de la Moncloa.



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