Marlaska opens new asylum room at Barajas airport


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The National Police is set to open a new asylum room at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport on Tuesday, expanding the space for migrants by 47%. The new unit, located in Terminal 1, has a capacity for approximately 162 people and covers an area of 500 square meters. It is specifically designed to welcome adult men.

This new addition will bring the total asylum space at the Madrid airport to 1,067 square meters, with existing rooms in Terminals 1, 2, and 4 Satellite. The Provincial Immigration and Border Brigade of the National Police and the Office of Asylum and Refuge (OAR) of the Ministry have assured that they are prepared to respond to international protection requests and process them as quickly as possible.

Currently, there are 54 agents dedicated to conducting interviews at the border post, with additional support from two instructors from the Asylum and Refuge Office. In the month of February alone, 864 applications for international protection have been processed. The General Directorate of the Police is responsible for the cleaning and disinfection of the asylum facilities, ensuring a safe and hygienic environment for migrants.

In an effort to prevent fraudulent use of stopovers to enter Spain irregularly, the Ministry of the Interior is working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to establish transit visas for citizens of certain countries. This measure has already been implemented for citizens with Spanish passports traveling from Kenya and will soon apply to those with Senegalese passports.

Spain is the third country in the EU in terms of asylum applications, having processed 163,000 requests last year alone. This marks the highest number since the creation of the Asylum and Refuge Office in 1992. The government is committed to providing a safe and efficient process for migrants seeking international protection.

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