The shame in Spain lies mainly on the plain…

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España debe reubicar a 17.337 personas de las cuales sólo ha acogido a 886 en casi 2 años. Un número muy inferior al comprometido y que responde a la falta de voluntad política por parte del Gobierno.

Mientras países como Italia, Francia y Alemania buscan medidas alternativas para acelerar la acogida de personas refugiadas, España parece buscar excusas. Las últimas declaraciones del Ministro de Interior: “prevé una rebaja ostensible del número de personas refugidas en torno 7.000 o 7.500” no son más que excusas para no cumplir con los acuerdos adquiridos. Esta “rebaja” supone reducir en casi un 60% el número de personas, y recordamos que aún hay más de 60.000 personas en Grecia que necesitan protección con urgencia.

Desde Red Acoge le preguntamos: ¿Qué va a pasar con las más de 10.000 a las que España no va a acoger?

The deadline agreed by the Member States of the European Union (EU) for the relocation and resettlement of 160,000 refugees in two years expires on Tuesday 26 September. Spain has received more than one tenth of the committed quota, which has provoked criticism of its management of NGOs and opposition.

“The European Union is unable to meet its minimum commitments and hardly moves a finger to stop the Mediterranean from becoming a mass grave increasingly large,” denounced the Spanish Committee for Refugee Aid (CEAR).

In July 2015, the result of a first agreement in the EU, the States undertook to relocate 32,256 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece, with the commitment to extend this figure in December to 40,000, but the latter was not made . Two months later, after the iconic picture of Aylan, this commitment multiplied and the EU relocated a second agreement through which 22 European States accepted the relocation of 120,000 asylum seekers from Italy, Greece and Hungary, which placed the commitment in 160,000 to be proportionally distributed among third countries. However, Hungary broke the agreement and left 54,000 refugees pending relocation, a quota that was finally not reassigned.

Spain has only welcomed 11.4% of refugees

To date, the Member States have relocated more than 28,700 asylum seekers, according to the latest data from the European Commission, to 20 September. In total, adding the figures managed by the European institutions on resettlement and relocation, the Member States have welcomed more than 44,300 refugees, that is, 27% of the 160,000 committed.

The Spanish Government, which undertook to welcome 17,337 people, has welcomed 1,980 until this Sunday, September 24, that is, 11.4% of the quota agreed , according to the latest data from the Ministry of the Interior. In total, Spain has relocated 1,279 asylum seekers who arrived by sea to the coasts of Greece and Italy, 1,089 and 190, respectively. It has also resettled 701 people from refugee camps in countries bordering the Syrian conflict: 506 from Lebanon and 195 from Turkey.

Faced with this breach , nine NGOs have launched a complaint campaign this week. Through a video, Accem, Amnesty International, Ayuda en Acción, CEAR, NGO Coordinator, Cepaim Foundation, Médicos del Mundo, Oxfam Intermón and Red Acoge have criticized the actions of the EU and the Spanish Government.

As the NGOs have explained, “just that, to fail, is what the European Union and the Spanish Government do in terms of refuge and reception , with the serious consequences that this entails for thousands of people around the world”

In any case, the end of the deadline on Tuesday does not imply that the States do not have to continue to welcome the committed refugees. What expires is the program of the European Commission of relocation and, therefore, will stop registering new candidates from Greece and Italy.

The Commission is preparing a new package of measures, which could include a new host proposal from third countries, such as Lebanon, Jordan or Turkey (resettlement) for people who already have refugee status.


The actions carried out in this regard are aimed at the support and educational reinforcement of immigrant minors, the support to educational centers for the implementation of actions that facilitate the management of the diversity of the center and a work with families that encourages their participation and involvement in educational centers.

These actions are carried out in collaboration with the educational centres of the area.


The learning of the language or languages ​​of the host society is, in most cases,  the first or one of the first needs that immigrants have. The socio-labor integration, the possibility of maintaining and improving employment, access to training, knowledge of rights and obligations and, in general, all kinds of relations with the environment, has a direct relationship with the domain of the official languages.

Our classes are aimed at people of foreign origin, without resources and at risk of social exclusion. It is a service that is provided free of charge. From the Red Acoge organizations that carry out this program and thanks to the work of volunteers committed to the problems of society, the activities of the program are carried out adapting the contents and schedules to the needs of the users.


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