According to Reports in the Spanish media on August 19th, the first batch of Spanish withdrawals from Afghanistan has arrived in the early hours of the 19th local time in the Spanish capital Madrid region, the first batch of evacuees a total of 53 people. Of these 53, five are Spanish citizens and 48 are Afghan partner staff.
Spain’s Social Security and Immigration Minister Escriva said the country will assist in the evacuation of Afghan citizens with cooperation with the European Union, another group of 36 Afghan citizens evacuated from the European Union also arrived in Spain in the early hours of the 19th local time, they will stay in Spain for 72 hours to wait for the submission of international protection applications, and then will be sent to other EU member states for resettlement.
Escriva also said that while it was not known how many people Spain would take in from Afghanistan, the country had set up infrastructure capable of accommodating hundreds of Afghan citizens. Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez held a video conference with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense and other government departments responsible for the evacuation of Afghan personnel on August 19 local time to coordinate the work.