The human rights group Amnesty International has criticized Spain for spending 30 times more on defending its borders than on improving the situation of asylum seekers and refugees — the biggest difference in the European Union.
Spain spent nearly €290 million ($394 million US) on border protection from 2007 to 2013.
During the same period, however, it spent just €9.34 million ($12.7 million) on programmes to benefit refugees and asylum seekers.
“The effectiveness of EU measures to stem the flow of irregular migrants and refugees is, at best, questionable. Meanwhile, the cost in human lives and misery is incalculable and is being paid by some of the world’s most vulnerable people,” said John Dalhuisen, Europe and Central Asia Programme Director at Amnesty International…
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Spain has its priorities right. I am not even going to look for AI’s report since I am sure no one wants to read it.