Thousands call on Spain to welcome more refugees

18.02.2017 - Barcelona, Spain - Deutsche Welle

Thousands call on Spain to welcome more refugees
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Tens of thousands of people joined a protest in Barcelona urging the Spanish government to increase its refugee intake. Only 1,100 migrants have been resettled under a plan to take in 17,000 people. Protesters heeded a call by Ada Colau, the mayor of Spain’s second city, who urged residents to “fill the streets” on Saturday to highlight the Madrid government’s failure to accept its share of refugees. Colau has put forward a plan to allow Barcelona, the capital of the wealthy northeastern region of Catalonia, to resettle migrants from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Eritrea. Local police said some 160,000 people joined the protest along the major Via Laietana avenue, which runs … read more

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