Primary reception services provide support for 3,359 migrants

Municipal accommodation facilities were made available to 732 people in the most vulnerable situations, such as young children, women and those with illnesses. The service provides support for people reaching the Andalusian coast in flimsy vessels, mainly from sub-Saharan Africa, of whom only 10% have the intention of staying in Barcelona.

28/12/2018 17:22 h

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The 2018 figures for the service closed out with a total of 4,758 people having arrived in Barcelona. The 1,399 people not attended to by the service either had their own social or family network or declined the support available.

The city’s basic reception operation focuses on guaranteeing a place to sleep, hygiene, meals, clothing, healthcare if needed and basic legal and social guidance. In 90% of cases, users are men heading for central or northern Europe. The rest are women and children travelling with their family.

More coordination and resources

In order to improve and dignify the reception of migrants, the City Council is calling on the state to become more involved and coordinate the operation so that cities don’t have to bear the brunt of the work with municipal resources alone. This means:

  • Increasing and strengthening reception protocols at points where people arrive.
  • Creating a communication protocol between the Secretary of State for Migration and refuge cities to find out about migration flows in advance.
  • Anticipating multi-level management of reception policies and prompting coordination between the state government, autonomous regional governments and municipal governments.
  • Boosting resources in offices handling asylum and foreigner affairs, ending waiting lists and creating greater availability to attend to users properly.
  • More flexible access to residence and work permits for people in irregular situations but who have put down firm roots, as well as asylum seekers whose applications have been refused.
  • Reintroducing the immigrant reception and integration fund for municipalities, suspended by the PP government in 2011.





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