July 2016

The reception of refugees: A state-managed model, but the Catalan institutions can still do a lot

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The figures on the reception of refugees in Spain are appalling: indeed, Spain received only 1% of the total asylum applications of the European Union last year.

The few who make it to Spain often choose Catalonia to start a new life: Catalonia received around 1,300 asylum applications last year; it therefore needs a good reception system that allows the refugees to become and feel that they are full citizens.

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Don't let us down

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“Do not let us down” was the impassioned plea to members of the European Parliament this week by the SNP’s Alyn Smith.  Speaking on behalf of a nation facing the real prospects of being dragged from the EU despite the democratic vote of the people of Scotland to stay raises some difficult questions for EU lawmakers.

The strong Scottish vote to remain in The EU appears to have softened the previously hard-line views of some senior EU officials towards Scotland and our independence movement.

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