“Stepping Stones” Photo Exhibition Brings Lesbos to Madrid

By Noah Wanebo Sitting in the Aegean Sea, just six miles from the coast of Turkey, the Greek island of Lesbos has become the epicentre of the current refugee crisis in Europe. Hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers have already streamed across the island throughout the past year, making their way to the European mainland from war-torn Syria and other conflict areas in the Middle East and beyond. Many more now sit stranded in temporary …

Food is Refuge: Project Chefugee

Post by Florence de Vesvrotte, photos by Kelsey Krach, photo captions by Felicia Beltran. Madrid For Refugees’ inaugural Chefugee dinner gathered international guests for a night of authentic Syrian food prepared by refugee chef Khaled Dery. With a background in international development and having recently moved to Madrid from London, one of Europe’s biggest activism hubs, the one thing I had very much on my mind when I arrived was: how can I continue being an activist …

Refugee Profile: Steel and Soul

By Natalia Diaz, Madrid for Refugees GB* cuts an imposing figure. Built like he was fashioned out of pure adamantium, he makes Wolverine look like a scrawny kid still going through puberty. And yet this striking former soldier in the Gambian military turns out to be soft-spoken, soulful and disarmingly polite. When I first met him, it was this stark contrast between his physical appearance and gentle manner that I found most interesting. His Whatsapp …

What is the current refugee situation in Spain

According to the latest reports, Spain is expected to receive roughly 35,000 asylum applicants: 17,000 refugees coming via Melilla and Ceuta; 15,000 relocated from other EU states as part of the EU ministers’ plan; and 3,000 others from additional refugee camps. The Community of Madrid said it expects to take in approximately 2,400 over the next two years, no official numbers have been announced. The situation is changing from week to week. To keep up …