Spanish exiles’ Latin America families in passport rush
Large numbers of people in Latin America have rushed to apply for Spanish citizenship on the final day descendants of civil war-era exiles were eligible to apply.
The scheme was open to people whose parents or grandparents fled Spain under Franco and during the 1936-39 civil war. Since 2008 more than 200,000 people have been recognised as Spanish. Most applicants were in Latin America, particularly Cuba and Argentina. The Historic Memory Law was passed by Spain’s former socialist government in 2007.
A provision added in 2008 – known as the Law of Grandchildren – offered citizenship to anyone whose parents or grandparents were born in Spain but left the country between 1936 and 1955. A three-year period during which applications could be made expired on Tuesday.
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