Ukrainian refugees driven from Spanish resorts in anticipation of tourists
The exodus from Ukraine to Spain is actively used by various scammers
Ukrainian refugees in Spain in the coastal towns of Valencia are urged to leave the resort areas for the summer to make room for tourists. Meanwhile, various crooks are actively taking advantage of the refugee situation.
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As it turns out, many Ukrainians who have taken refuge in the coastal cities of Valencia are being asked to leave their homes as the summer season approaches, according to the Spanish English-language resource Olive Press.
Refugees who fled conflict-torn Ukraine and were initially welcomed in coastal towns in Spain, the owners of their property are now saying they are looking for a new place to live for the summer.
The Kalina Association, created to help Ukrainians settled in the province of Castellón in Valencia, has reported a surge in requests for relocation assistance people as summer approaches.
“Most of those who applied for relocation assistance were given shelter in Benicássim and Oropes, two of the most popular tourist towns in the province of Castellón, where holiday home prices have skyrocketed since the end of the pandemic,” the organization told Spanish newspaper El Mundo. .
The group said that those who went through official organizations such as the Red Cross and Caritas were safer, while those who arranged accommodation privately were more at risk. be evicted.
The Kalina association says that the people who offered to accommodate refugees were “promised that they would receive some kind of assistance from the institutions, but the truth is that several months have passed and this has not happened.”
The charities emphasize that the level of support needed to work with these vulnerable women and children remains significant as the conflict in Ukraine continues and more help is needed from the Spanish authorities.
Meanwhile, the other day, according to Olive Press, more than a dozen people in Alicante were arrested for impersonating Ukrainians and using fake documents to stay illegally in Spain.
The National Police said that 14 people aged between 18 and 34 from Morocco, Cuba and the Dominican Republic were convicted of fraud using Ukrainian documents in Alicante on the Spanish Costa Blanca.
The arrested scammers used the documents to apply for temporary protection in Spain as refugees at a documentation office set up in the city due to the conflict in Ukraine.
EU rules state that third-country nationals who can prove that they lived in Ukraine prior to the start of the Russian special operation on February 24, they will be offered the same refugee status and assistance as Ukrainian citizens fleeing the country, and it was these opportunities that the arrested crooks tried to use.
Suspicions arose when it turned out that although the documents showed that the holders lived in Ukraine before the start of the conflict, those who presented them did not speak a word of Ukrainian.
An investigation conducted jointly with Kyiv, came to the conclusion that the documents were not issued to the indicated persons, and the details did not match.
However, there are cases when crooks try to cash in on refugees from Ukraine who got to Spain in other ways. A swindler posing as a police officer attacked a frightened Ukrainian refugee in the city of Alicante and stole 1,000 euros from her. The bogus “servant of the law” approached the unsuspecting woman and told her in a mixture of English and Spanish that she was suspected of drug dealing.
The dumbfounded refugee gave her backpack to the pseudo-cop for a search, but finding nothing of value, he demanded that the woman open her fanny pack. The suspect looked through the tapes, pretending to call his “bosses” and arranged to meet the Ukrainian woman at the same location the next day to check her identity documents. It was only after the woman returned home that the refugee realized that 1,000 euros in cash had been stolen from her.
The Ukrainian woman turned to the National Police to report the crime, and video surveillance footage showed that the suspect was known to officers from previous Offenses: The 46-year-old Romanian tried to avoid arrest but was eventually captured, and officials are looking into whether he could have been involved in similar scams involving vulnerable individuals.