Spain requires transit visas for Senegalese to avoid seeking asylum at stopovers.

Madrid, February 19 (EFE).- From this Monday, Spain requires that travelers with Senegalese passports have previously had a transit visa to be able to stop at its airports, a measure taken to prevent original migrants from this country from taking advantage of the asylum request stop.

It’s a measure taken to ease the situation at Madrid’s Barajas airport, where a surge in migrant arrivals between December and January has overwhelmed services and overcrowded rooms for asylum seekers. .

In practice, some of this measure is already being felt, as Spain asked Morocco in late January to ban travelers with Senegalese passports who do not have Schengen visas from boarding commercial flights with a stopover in Spain. The visa will be activated.

They currently require a transit visa to stop at any airport in the Schengen area of ​​Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia and Sri Lanka. .

In the specific case of Spain, the following countries should be added: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, India, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Republic of Congo, Sierra. Leone, Syria, Tajikistan, Togo, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Yemen and Palestine.

The permit requirement was a measure demanded by some sectors, such as police unions, which condemned the poor conditions in which agents had to work during the Baraja crisis and demanded that the requirement be extended to travelers with passports. – Sahara country.

On the other hand, the measure has been highly criticized by non-governmental organizations such as the Spanish Commission for Refugees, which believes that it “complicates access to protection” and is part of a “strategy of externalizing Europe’s borders” that “puts thousands of lives at risk”.

Source: El Diario

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