‘This is meant to be a caring country?’: refugees battle the cold in Madrid

Having fled violence in Venezuela, El Salvador and beyond, migrants are facing a fresh struggle in Spain

On Monday night, a group of newcomers to Madrid put their children to bed. In the absence of a roof, walls or mattresses, they wrapped them in blankets and tucked them into open suitcases to guard against the cold of the streets.

Had it not been for the intervention of a neighbourhood volunteer network who paid for a hostel, the two families who had fled violence in their home country of El Salvador would have spent the whole night outside the city’s overwhelmed emergency shelter coordination centre.

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