The Government approves more aid for struggling families

The Government has approved an additional aid package of 400 euro for struggling families, to which 100 euro more may be added per dependent child.

This was announced by the Minister of Social Security, José Luis Escrivá, last Friday and it was approved on Monday in the extraordinary council of ministers before the summer holidays. The Government intends to give this benefit to Ukrainian families who are outside the reception system and who have few economic resources.

According to the latest data offered by the Ministry of Inclusion, 134,000 Ukrainians have obtained temporary protection in Spain after the start of the war in their country, of which 25,000 are in the reception system.

According to Escrivá’s words, from the public administration it is estimated that around 40,000 people will benefit, some 13,000 refugee families, and that they are not covered by the protection program. Although for this, they must meet three preconditions.

In order to specify which families are estimated to be able to collect the 400-euro subsidy, Social Security has implemented a series of requirements to be met, which are detailed below:

Be registered in Spanish territory.

Have a Social Security affiliation number and be registered.

Not having sufficient financial resources to cover their basic needs.

As Escrivá explained, “whoever meets the requirements and has this family situation will receive aid that can be extended up to six months.” In addition, he highlighted the collaboration of the autonomous communities with the ministry. He added that, according to his point of view, “the aid will facilitate the integration of Ukrainians in Spain.”

At the time of the announcement of this aid of 400 euros, the head of Migrations also pointed out that the direct subsidy will last for six months and that, in addition, 100 euros per child will be added to the amount. However, we will have to wait for the royal decree-law that collects them to be approved to see who will be able to request it and who will not, in addition to the exact duration.

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The Ministry of Inclusion, together with the Ministry of Education and Universities, continues in the process of recognising the educational titles of some Ukrainians. It is estimated that most of the women from this country who have landed in Spain have higher education and need to homologate their qualifications to enter the qualified labour market as soon as possible.

According to Social Security sources, around 25,000 of these foreigners who are part of the reception system are studying Spanish and are adapting to the circumstances of the host country. “We are one of the countries in Europe that has most provided this reception with a work permit for those displaced in the war in Ukraine,” Escrivá said.