The Spanish government has a reception and integration support programme available to asylum applicants who lack sufficient financial means to meet their needs and those of their family unit. This programme is run by the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration in collaboration with specialised NGOs.
The programme is divided into several phases and lasts up to 18 months at the most, although it can be extended to 24 months in cases considered vulnerable.
During this time, you will be provided with accommodation anywhere within Spanish territory where there is available space. The support programme includes social assistance, psychological support, aid for training and languages courses and help in finding a job.
The Social Work Unit (UTS) of the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration is in charge of allocating places. You need to bear in mind that, although your personal circumstances will be assessed, if you request a place in the hosting programme, you cannot choose your place of residence because it depends on the available space within the national network of hosting centres.
How do I get into the reception system?
To enter the reception and integration system, you need to apply at the UTS.
- If you are in Madrid you need to make an appointment with the UTS, which pertains to the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, under the following link: https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/icpplus/
Select the option “ASILO – OFICINA DE ASILO Y REFUGIO. Entrevista Trabajador/a Social. Calle Pradillo”
Keep in mind that, at this time, appointments can only be made for Monday in the last week of the month.
- In Barcelona: If you have no accommodation or resources, go to SAIER, the free municipal assistance service for immigrants, emigrants and refugees run by the City Council in conjunction with certain other social organisations. It is located at calle del Paral lel, 202-204, Metro Plaça d’Espanya (red and green lines). More information about SAIER is available under this link: https://ajuntament.barcelona.cat/novaciutadania/es/servicio-de-atencion-inmigrantes-emigrantes-y-refugiados-saier
- If you are in a different province check with the police when you have your asylum interview or with social services about which NGOs are in charge of facilitating access to the hosting system there and providing support.