Spain’s interior minister has called for tighter controls to prevent members of the armed jihadist group Islamic State (ISIS) from infiltrating the “avalanche” of Muslims being forced on Europe from Syria.
The Local (h/t Maria J) “We can’t forget ISIS is over there and these barbarians have shown that they are capable of carrying out their threats,” Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said. “How can we doubt that, among this avalanche people who are not refugees could infiltrate themselves,” he added in the interview published in the conservative newspaper.
“Spain will not refuse the right of asylum to anyone,” Diaz told ABC before adding that “controls must be strengthened to welcome these people”.
European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker was expected to unveil a plan on Wednesday to relocate 120,000 refugees in EU countries under a mandatory quota system. But the Spanish government has criticized “obligatory quotas” and consistently argued that Spain’s cripplingly high unemployment level prevents it from taking such a large number of refugees.
The Media are already offering ways for the citizens of Spain to welcome the Muslim invaders who threaten their lives and livelihoods. While Spain faces pressure to take a bigger share of the hundreds of thousands of migrants arriving at Europe’s borders, The Local in Spain takes a look at ways that individuals can make a difference.
Six simple ways to “do your part” if you live in Spain and want to help Muslim invaders who will steal your money, rape your daughters, destroy your home, and force you to bow to Islam.
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PROVIDE ACCOMMODATION IN YOUR OWN HOME
Cities across Spain are in the process of setting up a register so that residents that volunteer to put up refugees in their homes. Barcelona was first to announce the scheme, swiftly followed by Madrid and a dozen other cities. No clear guidelines have yet been drawn up but the scheme should be in place within weeks so if you are keen to give up your spare room for a very good cause ask your local council.
One of the big challenges of arriving in a new country is inevitably the language. Various organizations offer services to help refugees navigate jumping through the daily hoops of legal documents, work applications, healthcare systems and more, like the Service of Translators and Interpreters (SETI) in Madrid.
There are many non-profit organisations that are involved in various aspects of the influx of refugees, from rescuing people on the Mediterranean, to giving medical treatment to those who arrive to providing resources to those who are able to stay. One of the main agencies is the United Nations Refugee Agency, known as ACNUR in Spain. You can choose to make a one-time donation or regular donations over a certain period of time.
DONATE CLOTHING & HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
Groups like Spain Solidarity for Calais Refugees and CalAid organize drop-off points around Europe to bring donations to refugee hotspots. The most important items as the weather starts to get colder are clothing like jackets, woolly hats, shoes, socks, as well as blankets, but people regularly post a list of the essentials on the group’s Facebook page.
SIGN A PETITION OR SUPPORT A CAMPAIGN
If you are feeling like you want to do something more political, consider some of the petitions currently circulating to help refugees. The Spanish Commission for Aid to Refugees (CEAR) launched a petition with the hashtag #UErfanos to eliminate the need for a transit visa for people to enter from countries in conflict and implement safer ways for people to travel to the European Union, among other things.
GET ON SOCIAL MEDIA
New groups and movements to help refugees are being formed all the time and the best way to keep up to date with the latest information is to follow charity and community groups on the social media. To start with join the Bienvenidos Refugiados – Spain group on Facebook where you will find information about neighbourhood groups as well as national movements. On Twitter, messages posted with #BienvenidosRefugiados will also keep you informed.