Advocacy for Spain

What is Happening?

Spain has recently seen a sharp rise in the number of people seeking safety, including displaced Venezuelans and unprecedented numbers of people crossing the Atlantic Ocean to the Canary Islands. With EU support, Spain has sought to address the resulting strain on its asylum system. However, Spain’s discriminatory treatment of asylum seekers, aggressive tactics at its borders, and externalization of asylum responsibilities mirror concerning trends across Europe.

What Must Be Done? 

Refugees International is calling for access to a fair asylum process for all people seeking safety in Spain, according to the protections due to them under EU and international law.

Issue Brief

Reform Past Due: COVID-19 Magnifies Need to Improve Spain’s Asylum System


NGO Statement on Europe at the 80th Meeting of UNHCR’s Standing Committee

Featured Image: A group of North African migrants wait to disembark from the rescue boat on their arrival at the port of Motril on May 22, 2020 in Spain. © Carlos Gil Andreu/Getty Images