Oxfam Intermón slams Spain over contribution to Syria refugee effort on eve of global donor summit

Syrian refugees wait in camp inside Iraq. Photo: Khalil Mazraawi / AFP
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• NGO says Spain has only met 30% of expected $185 mn relief contribution •

Oxfam Intermón, the Spanish affiliate of international aid agency Oxfam, has sharply criticized the Spanish government for seriously lagging behind all other European countries in meeting its pledges to accommodate refugees from the violence in Syria.

The criticism of the Spanish government comes on the even of an international donors conference Thursday in London co-hosted by Germany, Norway, Kuwait and the United Nations, whose various agencies helping Syrian refugees has to date received only $3.3 billion USD of the $8.4 billion (7.7 billion euros) that member countries have pledged.

Oxfam Intermón said that Spain has only contributed $68.4 million dollars of the $185 million dollars it would be expected to contribute based on the size of the Spanish economy and has yet to take in more than 20 of the 16,000 refugees it has pledged to accommodate in Spain.

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