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Spain opens its doors to Ukrainian refugees

The Spanish government has announced that it will offer asylum to up to 50,000 Ukrainian refugees.

Ukraine's refugee crisis is the largest since World War II. Casa Ucrania Fundacio news in Spain

The move comes as the UN refugee agency reported that more than 700,000 people had fled Ukraine since the conflict broke out in 2014.

The Spanish government said on Friday it would open its doors to up to 50,000 refugees from Ukraine, who would be granted temporary residency permits while they were being processed by the government.

The announcement was made by Spain's foreign minister, Josep Borrell, during an official visit to Ukraine on Thursday. "We have decided to open our doors," Borrell said in Kiev during a joint news conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. "We are ready for this step."

Borrell said Spain hoped other European countries would follow suit and help shoulder some of the burden as Europe struggles under an onslaught of refugees fleeing war zones such as Syria and Afghanistan.

He added that Spain had already taken in around 100 Ukrainians who requested asylum after arriving in Spain by sea from Morocco last year. The latest number includes those who arrived on boats from Algeria and Tunisia, he added.


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