Spain pledges fund for asylum seekers as Latin American arrivals spike

first_imgMADRID – The Spanish government onFriday authorized nearly 150-million euros ($165 million) in subsidies to easethe strain on its migrant-processing system after a recent spike in arrivalsfrom Latin America overwhelmed its social services. Government spokeswoman Isabel Celaasaid the subsidies will be complemented by 25-million euros from Europeanfunds. Venezuelan citizens and other migrants wait at the border with Colombia, at the Rumichaca bridge checkpoint, in Ecuador on Aug. 24. Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno signed a decree requiring Venezuelan citizens, who until now could cross the border with a passport or other form of identification, to have a visa to enter the country. REUTERS/DANIEL TAPIAcenter_img Provoked by national crises inSpanish-speaking countries like Venezuela and Colombia, the number of peopleseeking asylum in Spain has skyrocketed. Madrid City Council received 50,000asylum applications between Jan. and Oct. 2019 – compared to only 36,000nationwide and throughout 2018.(Reuters)last_img

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