Spain: Syrians stage sit-in in front of cabinet for asylum

Asking to be transferred to Spain

16 October, 11:24

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, OCTOBER 16 - Some 30 Syrian refugees including a woman in the eight month of pregnancy with a one-year-old daughter, have been staging a sit-in in front of the government of Ceuta - a Spanish enclave in Morocco - to ask for political asylum and to be transferred to the Spanish peninsula. The group was housed at the local migrant holding center while Spanish authorities are examining their application for asylum, a process which could take months.

    The refugees, who are members of three families, ask for priority: they left their war-torn country in November 2012 and travelled across 5,000 km in 10 months. 'We are only asking to be moved to the peninsula because we can't live like this', one of them, Kheder, 22, told Spanish daily El Pais.

    'Our situation is desperate and we only want to go back to work, start a new life which stopped when we left Syria', he added.

    Kheder lost a grandfather in the war while his parents and brothers are in Milan where he hopes eventually to join them and work as a builder. The young man left Syria after refusing to join the army again.

    'We are happy to be alive and to have fled the war but Ceuta is for us like a jail we can't leave', he said. (ANSAmed).

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