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Legal tip 24. Rights of foreigners to Social Security and social services in Spain
12 January 2009 @ 09:26

Article 14. Right to Social Security and social services.

1.  Foreign residents have rights to access  the benefits and social security services under the same conditions of Spaniards.

2. Foreign residents have rights  to enjoy  social services and benefits, of both general and specific kind, under the same conditions of Spaniards.

3. Foreigners, regardless their administrative status, are entitled to  basic social services and benefits.


By Maria L. de Castro



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Adrian said:
12 January 2009 @ 17:39

Nice to know but it seems that there are not that many beefits available. I have been self employed in Spain for 15 years but now my business has ceased it appears I am not entitled to any form of benefit at all nor would a Spanish person in the same situation

Maria said:
13 January 2009 @ 07:14

Autonomos workers have had poor benefits in Spain historically. Anyways, there is a new Law for autonomous workers. We will be pleased to check on your situation.

Tori said:
13 January 2009 @ 13:04

I am paying into the Spanish system and have been for a year or two. I then "came down with" Epilepsy and am unable to drive and carry out my job as I worked with children and the symptoms are not fully controlled, also being alone for me for prolonged periods is not good as my balance is affected.

To get to the real question, can I get the equivalent of Employment and Support Allowance (the old Incapacity Benefit)?

Maria said:
13 January 2009 @ 13:48

We would need to see the medical report on your eplillepsy to confirm on the possibility. Very likely you do.

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