Blanca Garcés Mascareñas, To Be or Not to Be: Deficiencies in the Spanish Reception System, July 2019
Are we or are we not a country of asylum? It seems that Spain has become a country of asylum but its policies have not yet recognised it. From 2,588 requests for asylum in 2012 and 5,947 in 2014, the numbers have risen to 14,881 in 2015, 31,120 in 2017, and 55,668 in 2018. Hence, after being at the bottom of the list of numbers of asylum seekers in European Union countries, Spain now occupies the fourth position. If in 2015 61% of asylum seekers were from Syria and Ukraine, in 2017 55% came from Venezuela, Colombia, El Salvador and Honduras, with a significant increase in numbers of Palestinians and Algerians.
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