Spain has granted the stay legal 7,623 citizens of Venezuela in the first six months of 2019 under the premise of 'humanitarian aid', according to data from the Ministry of the Interior provided to Europa Press.
Last January, the government announced its intention to grant the "humanitarian aid" – a figure contemplated in the Asylum and Refugee Law – to those Venezuelans denied international protection since 2014. Since it was placed in With this measure in place, more than 7,600 Venezuelans have been granted temporary residence, which lasts one year and can be extended, as interior sources have indicated.
Between asylum and humanitarian aid
The Interministerial Commission for Asylum and Refuge (CIAR) is in charge of raising the proposals for resolution of the asylum requests, previously analyzed by the Asylum and Refugee Office (OAR), which is the body that directs the procedure for the grant of international protection. The concession or denial is made after an individualized analysis of every asylum seeker.
Between February and May, the CIAR has resolved a total of 14,933 cases, of which more than half (those 7,623) are of Venezuelan citizens who have finally been denied asylum, although they have been granted 'humanitarian aid' .
The figure of almost 15,000 files submitted to the CIAR means that in the first six months of 2019, the 12,889 cases that were resolved during 2018 have already been exceeded, as stressed by the department headed by Fernando Grande-Marlaska.
According to sources from Interior to Europa Press, in July and August it is expected that this collegiate body will meet again and continue to resolve more files at a rate "much higher" than last year. In 2018, a total of 12,899 applications were determined between January and December, that is, an average of 1,074 resolutions of asylum requests per month.
Requests for international protection far exceed those of the previous year
According to official data, during 2018 a total of 20,015 Venezuelans requested international protection in Spain, leading the ranking of asylum seekers. This year some 19,729 have requested international protection, and it remains the majority nationality, according to provisional figures from the Ministry of the Interior.