Spain’s Prime Minister visits the Ukrainian refugee center in Malaga, which is to be expanded to provide more temporary accommodation

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Pedro Sánchez, visiting the games room of the refugee center. / salas salvador

This Wednesday morning, Pedro Sánchez visited the establishment, which welcomed almost 2,000 people during the two weeks of opening. Since Russia invaded Ukraine, some 134,000 refugees have arrived in Spain

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez was in Malaga on Wednesday morning April 20 to visit the Center for Reception and Assistance to Ukrainian Refugees, which opened its doors at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos on April 6.

He explained that another 5,000 square meter module was to be added in the adjoining car park, to provide prefabricated accommodation with bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and a small living room. The refugees will be able to stay there for a few days while they find more permanent accommodation, perhaps elsewhere in Spain.

In two weeks, this center was opened, it processed nearly 2,000 requests for temporary protection and issued 1,300 social security numbers for those who want to find work.

This is the reception center for Ukrainian refugees in Malaga

Sánchez spent almost an hour in the refugee center, accompanied by the Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migrations, José Luis Escrivá, the Minister of Public Works of the Junta de Andalucía, Marifrán Carazo, the delegate of the Junta in Andalusia, Pedro Fernández, the mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, the Ukrainian ambassador to Spain, Serhii Pohoreltsev and the director general of the Spanish Confederation for Aid to Refugees (CEAR), Estrella Galan.

They visited the national police’s foreign office, the social security office, the health service, the games room and the offices where CEAR staff and volunteers look after Ukrainian refugees. They also saw the area with 70 beds for refugees who cannot be accommodated immediately, where they can stay for up to 48 hours.

Humanitarian and military aid

Sánchez explained at a press conference afterwards that since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 134,000 refugees have come to Spain. Of this total, 64,000 applied for temporary protection.

He also said that during his next visit to Ukraine he will assure President Zelensky that the EU, and in particular the Spanish government and people, are “strongly and unequivocally committed” to peace and solidarity. with the Ukrainian people and with the refugees. “We will do everything possible to bring peace to Ukraine as soon as possible, and in the meantime we are deploying humanitarian and military aid and welcoming refugees to our country,” he said.

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