Civil War child exiles to finally get pensions
21 January 2005, MADRID-The Spanish government is to pay pensions to people who were forced to leave their country during the Civil War.
21 January 2005
MADRID-The Spanish government is to pay pensions to people who were forced to leave their country during the Civil War.
The so-called 'children of the war' will be paid EUR 6,090 each year.
The move was designed to "recognise the debt of history" which Spain owed these people.
Under a new law to be brought in, pensioners who were forced to leave Spain between July 1936 and December 1939 as children, will be eligible for the extra cash.
These people will have to have lived a major part of their lives outside Spain.
The previous Socialist government, led by Felipe Gonzalez, was to have introduced this measure in 1993.
But in 2003, the conservative Popular Party government rejected a bill to improve the pensions of people who were forced from Spain as children.
The bill will cost Spain EUR 3.1 million each year.
A government spokesman said it was to "compensate, even in part, the lack of opportunities, both professionally and personally", which these citizens suffered as a result of the way they were forced to leave Spain.
It will benefit 543 people in all. They include 237 who live in Russia, five in Georgia, 33 in the Ukraine, 63 in Chile, 127 in Mexico and 78 in Venezuela.
There are another 60 'children of the war' who live in Spain now.
But most of these people who live in Spain do not have a full pension because they did not contribute throughout their lives.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news