Alicante offers to host refugees temporarily

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Refugee children from Syria.

ALICANTE City has offered to temporarily host refugees in Europe. It comes as the council supported the proposal by the mayor of Barcelona to offer temporary refuge to those fleeing their home countries.

The Department of Cooperation and Immigration of the city of Alicante, in collaboration with the areas of Finance, Social Welfare, Education and Historical Memory as well as citizens groups and specialised non-governmental organisations such as the UNHCR, Red Cross and the Spanish Commission for Refugee Aid (CEAR) are calling on assistance from the Generalitat Valenciana and the central government in designing a programme of temporary accommodation and care of refugees, which involves enabling a budget.

The launch of the initiative also requires the implementation of basic requirements such as legal advisory services and a group of translators and interpreters.

The news comes as the image of a dead boy who drowned was washed up on a Turkish beach swept across the globe as concern and criticism was raised at the scale of the migrant and refugee crisis which is being called the worst since World War II with tens of thousands of families desperately fleeing Syria and other Middle Eastern and North African countries headed for Europe.

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