Spain: The Spanish Commission for Refugee Aid


Information from La Comisión Española de Ayuda al Refugiado (translated by CPNN)

CEAR, with over 30 years experience, is an organization of voluntary, humanitarian, independent and pluralistic action; inspired by a deep respect for the values ​​of justice, solidarity, freedom, equality, independence, ethical commitment, plurality, transparency, participation and coherence. The defense of these principles, since our founding in 1979, constitutes its main heritage and is the essential motivation for their work.


CEAR’s mission is to defend and promote human rights and the integral development of refugees, stateless persons and migrants in need of international protection and / or at risk of social exclusion.

Currently CEAR has the commitment of 454 volunteers and 154 workers. But also it has the commitment of organizations and institutions in solidarity with refugees that form part of its Assembly: political parties, trade unions, religious groups and NGOs and prominent personalities in the field of defense and the human rights of asylum seekers.

Political parties: Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE), Popular Party (PP) and Izquierda Unida (IU).

Trade unions: Workers Commissions (CCOO), General Union of Workers (UGT) and the Workers’ Trade Union (USO).

Religious denominations: Caritas, Spanish Evangelical Church and the Muslim Association of Spain.

Social Organizations: IEPALA, Association Proderechos Humanos of Spain (APDHE) and the Club of Friends of Unesco.

The composition of the Assembly of CEAR is a true reflection of the plurality of political organizations and civil society that have come together to work for our country to become a land of welcome and protection of refugees. Synonymous with the political and social consensus to defend the right to asylum and the will to join forces, one of its main strengths of CEAR is its diversity.

CEAR is a non-profit organization according to Title II of Law 49/2002 of 23 December on the taxation of non-profit entities and tax incentives for patronage.

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