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What is a Refugee Travel Document / Geneva Passport?

A Refugee Travel Document (also called a 1951 Convention travel document or Geneva passport) is a  travel document issued to a  refugee by the state in which she or he normally resides allowing him or her to travel outside that state and to return there. Refugees are unlikely to be able to obtain   passports from their state of nationality (from which they […]

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What is Dublin Regulation?

The Dublin Regulation (Regulation No. 604/2013; sometimes the Dublin III Regulation; previously the Dublin II Regulation and Dublin Convention) is a   European Union (EU) law that determines the   EU Member State responsible to examine an application for  asylum seekers seeking  international protection under the  HYPERLINK “” \o “Convention relating to the Status of Refugees” Geneva Convention and the EU Qualification Directive, within the  European Union. […]

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Am I entitled to see a doctor and do I have access to health-care services?

Everyone who applies for international protection has access to the public health system’s  general health-care cover. They will receive this cover once they have obtained their individual health-care card (TSI), which they can apply for from the  primary health-care centre (CAP) in their neighborhood of residence.

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Am I entitled to family reunification?

Under Spanish law right to asylum or subsidiary protection covers the spouse or partner of any beneficiary of international protection, children under majority age and parents, providing the latter have proof of dependency and the same nationality. It may also be granted to other families where there is proof of dependency and previous co-habitation in […]

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What is Subsidiary Protection?

Subsidiary Protection is granted to individuals who are unable to return to their country of origin as they would face a real risk of suffering serious harm, such as the death penalty or execution, torture or inhuman or degrading treatment or serious threats to life and limb, owing to a situation of indiscriminate violence caused […]

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Who takes the decision on my case and when?

The Spanish government is the sole authority with jurisdiction over asylum and refuge. Your case will be decided by Spain’s Ministry of the Interior, on the initiative of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for Asylum and Refuge (CIAR). Once your application has been accepted for processing, a decision on it ought to be reached within a maximum […]

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What social benefits will I receive?

The Spanish government has a social welfare programme for asylum seekers without financial resources which covers their basic needs – accommodation, upkeep, counselling and social care – for a period of six months from the submission of their claim for asylum. Barcelona’s social care programme is run by three social organisations:   ACCEM,   CEAR and the Red Cross. […]

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What documents will I receive

The first document you will receive is the interview diligencia, which certifies that you already have an appointment with the OAR to start the asylum claim process. Once you have completed your interview at the OAR, you will receive a white document containing your personal details and photograph and certifying that you are entitled to […]

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