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Red Cross gets double grant to help with humanitarian care 

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The Ministry for Home Affairs will give 823,500 eu-os to the Spanish Red Cross in 2016 – twice the amount provided in 2015 – for the development of social and humanitarian care programmes at Internment Centres for Foreign Nationals.

This will enable this institution to expand the services it provides to the Internment Centres for Foreign Nationals in Valencia, Murcia and Algeciras, as well as those in Madrid and Barcelona.

The measure by the Spanish Ministry for Home Affairs, which will be launched next year, forms part of the initiatives adopted by this ministerial department that also include an agreement signed by the Minister for Home Affairs, Jorge Fernández Díaz, and the President of the Spanish Red Cross, Javier Senent, to also provide social and humanitarian assistance at the Internment Centres for Foreign Nationals in Madrid and Barcelona. The financial aid to be provided under the agreement amounts to 400,000 in 2015.

An agreement was signed at the headquarters of the Ministry for Home Affairs that observes the rights of those people admitted to the Internment Centres for Foreign Nationals to receive social and humanitarian assistance, both from the services provided by the centre itself (managed under the Ministry for Home Affairs) and from the public or private, governmental or non-governmental, national or international immigrant protection organisations.

The following actions will be funded with the 400,000 euros being given to the Spanish Red Cross by the government:

*Support for all those admitted, especially language interpretation, relations with family members overseas and the processing of documents.

*Liaison between families in Spain and the countries of origin.

*Social mediation, fostering dialogue and mutual understanding between those admitted and the authorities to prevent or reduce possible conflicts.

*Provision of information on the requirements for requesting international protection, as appropriate.

*Acting as a partner on efforts to plan and develop all sorts of activities at the centres

Besides demonstrating the commitment from the Ministry for Home Affairs to the people admitted to the Internment Centres for Foreign Nationals, this agreement seeks to provide an urgent, suitable and effective response to the growing needs from the people admitted to these centres.

Of the 400,000 euros being given for 2015, 188,000 euros have been allocated to the Internment Centre for Foreign Nationals in Madrid. The same amount has been allocated to the Internment Centre for Foreign Nationals in Barcelona and 24,000 euros have been allocated to oversight activities.