Train bomb victims awarded residency

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11 August 2004, MADRID - Exactly five months after the train bombings that rocked Madrid, police announced on Wednesday that more than 670 immigrants who were affected by the attacks have been given residency cards enabling them to stay in Spain.

11 August 2004

MADRID - Exactly five months after the train bombings that rocked Madrid, police announced on Wednesday that more than 670 immigrants who were affected by the attacks have been given residency cards enabling them to stay in Spain.

The biggest number of recipients is from Romania, 264, followed by Ecuador 179, Colombia 70, and Morocco 28.

Of the total of 673 cards handed out, 355 have gone to people who were actually on one of the four trains when they exploded on route to Atocha station.

The remainder have been given to family members of victims of the terrorist attack.

The government made the decision to offer residency cards, enabling direct or indirect victims of the bombings to legalize their situation in Spain, soon after the 11 March bombings.

Many of the victims, both dead and injured, were immigrants who had settled in dormitory towns on the eastern outskirts of the capital.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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