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Spain welcomes a further 204 Syrian refugees, of whom 123 are children
ANOTHER group of Syrian refugees have arrived in Spain to be resettled as part of the country's commitment to give homes to people from the Middle East fleeing the bloodthirsty conflict.
A group of 204 from a refugee camp in Lebanon – of whom 123 are children, 40 women and 41 men – touched down yesterday (Thursday) in Madrid's Adolfo Suárez-Barajas airport.
Sevilla will take in the highest number – 39 – with between 10 and 21 going to Cáceres, Almería, Salamanca Guipúzcoa (in the Basque Country), Málaga, Ciudad Real and Álava (also in the Basque Country), in ascending order.
Single figures, between five and six, will be rehoused in Alicante, Murcia, Pontevedra (in Galicia), Badajoz (in Extremadura), Córdoba, Asturias, A Coruña (in Galicia), Zaragoza and Zamora.
Eight will go to Madrid and seven to Huelva on the far south-west coast.
Spain pledged to take in 17,337 refugees before the end of September as part of the EU distribution agreement, of whom 15,888 were to come from camps in Greece and Italy, and 1,449 from Turkey and Lebanon.
But at present, it has only given homes to 10% of that figure, or 1,724.
A total of 216 Syrians were due to arrive from camps in Beirut yesterday, but two families were unable to travel and will arrive shortly once they have finished dealing with the required paperwork.
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