Up to now a refugee yemeni could buy a plane ticket to a third country and take advantage of the stopover in Spain to apply for asylum at a border post. This route has finished. Since January 1, the Government requires a transit visa for the citizens of the arab nation who want to formalize the procedure in the Spanish airports. Yemen is immersed in a civil war that already lasts for five years and has caused more than 200,000 dead, according to the UN, and a wave of refugees. In the European Union, only the Czech Republic, very restrictive with immigration, it has implemented a measure such as the Spanish.
this is Not the first time that Spain takes a similar decision. In 2018, the Ministry of Foreign affairs demanded an airport transit visa to the palestinian refugees, which led to a decrease of asylum applications. Last year, HAVING attended to 166 claimants yemenis at the airport of Barajas.Updated Date: 04 January 2020, 03:00