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Spain Simplifies Procedures for Admitting Ukrainian Refugees

The Government of Spain announced that a mechanism has been launched as of Thursday, March 10, which enables people displaced from Ukraine to Spain to apply and obtain easy temporary protection to obtain all related rights and residence and work permits.

The Spanish government announced, in a statement issued on March 9, that the Minister of the Interior Fernando Grande Marlasca, and the Minister of Integration, Social Security and Immigration, José Luis Escriva, on Wednesday signed the order implementing this measure. Recognition of temporary protection of refugees from Ukraine reports.

The order specifies that Ukrainian asylum seekers can also request temporary protection at designated Spanish National Police and approved reception centers across the country.

“Applicants can go to these points where National Police officers will take their identification data and other items, a process where language translators are available, and where a receipt will be issued based on their application for protection, which will also include the designated NIE (Foreign National Identity Number),” the statement reads.

According to the Spanish government, the application will be handled by the Office of Asylum and Refugees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and, within 24 hours, it will be resolved.

In addition, this order states that the applicant will be notified of the decision electronically, by mail and in person at police stations or offices of foreign nationals.

The government of Spain also implemented the agreement reached on March 4 by the European Union’s Council of Interior Ministers, which agreed to implement the Temporary Protection Directive for the first time in history.

Besides, on Tuesday the Cabinet approved extending this directive to not only Ukrainian citizens but also legal residents of Ukraine as well as Ukrainians who were in Spain in an irregular situation prior to the Russian occupation, will have the opportunity to access temporary protection through the mechanism.

However, temporary protection may be denied if authorities consider the applicant to be a national security risk based on a search of criminal records and international police cooperation databases.

In coordination with other relevant ministries, the Ministry of Interior is working on legal and procedural issues and the technical framework needed to implement the Temporary Protection Directive.

The departments involved in carrying out this necessary work of analyzing and designing TPS procedures are as follows:

The State Secretariat for Security Affairs, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of the Interior and Subordinate Units, the Office of Asylum and Refugees, the General Commission for Foreigners and Borders, the General Sub-Directorate of Information and Communication Systems for Security

“This action led to the order being issued and to an extraordinary session of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Asylum and Refugees (CIAR) on Wednesday afternoon – where, in addition to the interior, the ministries of Justice; Integration, Social Security and Migration; Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation; and Equality” representatives participated. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – which has studied and formalized an agreement allowing to expedite the processing of applications from displaced Ukrainians, ”the statement noted in this regard.

In addition, several information leaflets will be made available in different languages ​​to applicants and homeless, explaining applicants’ rights and procedures for recognition of temporary protection.

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