Information on the format, methodology, procedures of the Spanish refugee determination system, starting with the initial request for asylum to the issuance of a decision, and on the specific steps and levels and whether or at what level legal representation is provided to claimants (Update of ESP17986.E of 8 February 1994) [ESP17986.E]

Information on the above-mentioned topic is provided in the attached copy of a UNHCR legal factsheet on the Spanish refugee determination system. According to the UNHCR representative in Madrid, amendments to the Spanish Law on Asylum, 5/84 were adopted on 13 June 1994 (20 Jul. 1994). The UNHCR representative faxed the Spanish version of these amendments to the DIRB, and this document is available on request.

This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Madrid. 20 July 1994. Telephone interview with representative.


United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). July 1993. Legal Factsheets on Asylum Procedures in Western Europe. : Regional Bureau for Europe, pp. 40-41.