Spain exceeds 130,000 temporary protections for those displaced by the war in Ukraine

Spain has exceeded 130,000 temporary protections for those displaced by the war in Ukraine. Since the activation of the procedure, on March 10, until 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, the Asylum and Refuge Office (OAR) of the Ministry of the Interior and the National Police have processed and granted a total of 130,220 protections to Ukrainian refugees.

65.5 per cent of the people who have obtained temporary protection are women. By age group, 36.1 percent are under 18 years old, 24.4 percent are between 19 and 35 years old, 32.9 percent are between 36 and 64, and 6.6 percent are over 65 years.

All the protections entail a residence permit and, for those of legal age, a work permit. In addition, by virtue of what is established by the General Directorate of Traffic, displaced persons who obtain temporary protection can legally use their driving licences in Spain for at least one year.

The Asylum and Refuge Office, which this year celebrates three decades of activity, has faced throughout this 2022 together with the National Police, the processing of these 130,220 temporary protection files filed by those displaced by the war in Ukraine who have arrived in our country, without any affectation in the international protection files.

The Asylum and Refuge Office of the Ministry of the Interior and the National Police has processed requests for temporary protection in 70 police stations and in four reception and shelter centres set up throughout Spain. All requests are processed and resolved within a maximum period of 24 hours.