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Government agrees for Madrid to take in 635 refugees
23 October 2019 @ 18:39

A TOTAL of 635 refugees will be arriving in Spain thanks to an agreement between president Pedro Sánchez and the city council, with 200 of them due to be sent over imminently.

The Secretary of State for Migration (SEM) visited the seven centres proposed by Madrid's local government on Sunday, and has approved four of them.

Red Cross workers will join the team in helping the arrivals with their initial basic needs and setting up a programme to aid them in their quest for a new life in Spain.

The Nuestra Señora de la Paloma residence in the Madrid satellite town of Cercedilla is ready to move into, the SEM said, meaning the first 200 can be taken in straight away.

Madrid is currently working on making the Red Cross III Pavilion on the Avenida de Portugal suitable for living in, so it can house another 85 refugees.

Two disused primary schools have been signed off – the Antonio Gil Alberdi in the suburb of Moratalaz, and the Manuel Bartolomé Cossío in the central Latina neighbourhood - but the government says they will need a series of renovations first.



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