Starting tomorrow in Barajas, the Interior will have the fourth room to house 162 asylum seekers

12/10/2023 Several travelers at the Adolfo Suárez-Madrid Barajas Airport, on December 10, 2023, in Madrid (Spain). The airport manager Aena has scheduled 27,693 operations from last Tuesday, December 5, until today, December 10, below the 30,571 last year, taking into account that the bridge in 2022 began on a Tuesday compared to this year that starts on Wednesday. Compared to 2019, before the pandemic, Aena’s forecasts now exceed operations by almost 10,000. POLITICS Jesús Hellín – Europa Press

Starting tomorrow, the Ministry of the Interior will have the fourth room at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport to house 162 asylum seekers, according to sources from the department led by Fernando Grande-Marlaska. The National Police will be the ones who will have this 500 square meter area located in Terminal 1 of the airport, which will specifically accommodate men of legal age. This new space joins the three existing ones and thus expands by 47% the area designated for asylum at the airport until now. The remaining three lounges are located in Terminal 1, Terminal 2 and Terminal 4 Satellite and have a total area of ​​1,067 square meters. Precisely, Interior already announced last week the opening of this fourth room, assuming the cleaning of them after the abandonment of the Red Cross. As indicated by the aforementioned sources, periodic disinfections are carried out in the rooms already enabled and a comprehensive cleaning has been carried out in the new space that will open tomorrow. IN JANUARY, 864 APPLICATIONS There are exactly 54 agents from the Provincial Immigration and Border Brigade of the National Police and the Office of Asylum and Refuge (OAR) of the Ministry of the Interior distributed in dedicated shifts every day of the week that are dedicated to conducting interviews at the border post with the additional collaboration of two instructors from the Asylum and Refuge Office, in coordination and support roles. In the month of January, until this Monday, 864 applications for international protection have been processed. According to the Ministry, work continues to prevent the fraudulent use of stopovers in Madrid to countries that do not require an entry visa and that are used to try to enter Spain irregularly. Likewise, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, the establishment of transit visas has been agreed, if necessary, as has already been done for citizens with Kenyan passports, since last January 20, and It will apply to citizens with a Senegalese passport starting next February 19. Spain is a benchmark in terms of international protection and, according to Ministry sources, the effort made in this area in recent years has allowed it to exceed 163,000 applications in 2023, the highest number in history, since it was created in 1992. the Asylum and Refuge Office. This figure places Spain as the third EU country in number of applications. CRITICISM FROM POLICE UNIONS ‘Riot’ agents of the National Police have been deployed at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport in a new week of “chaos” due to asylum seekers from African countries, some of whom are waiting in the corridors of the international zone due to the collapse of the three rooms that house migrants, waiting for a fourth room to come into operation this Monday. The National Police unions estimate that there are currently about 400 people in the rooms and corridors of Barajas in a situation of “overcrowding and unhealthiness”, as they have been denouncing since December. In addition, they recount moments of tension this weekend due to arguments and fights between migrants. There are cases of problems in identifying each asylum seeker with their file, as well as delays in the cleaning service due to the “lack of coordination” with AENA when authorizing entry to the employees of the reinforcement assumed by the General Directorate of the Police.

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