What is the refugee situation really like in Spain?

By Joe Gladow ‘Spain: 18 refugees in six months,’ reported El País in early April. ‘Brussels rebukes Spain for failing to take in refugees,’ read a story seven days later. Such have been the headlines in the Spanish media over the past several months. In one sense, they accurately capture the lack of progress in resettling refugees in Europe. They do not, however, tell the whole story of the refugee situation in Spain. Of the …

“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 …