Since 1991, Accem has worked to improve the living conditions of people in vulnerable situations, defending their human rights and ensuring equal opportunities regardless of race, creed, religion, gender or opinions. Accem works in 12 regions in Spain and provides specialized integral assistance and counselling to refugees, stateless persons, migrants and other groups at risk of social exclusion in Spain, towards the achievement of their full social integration. Accem develops programs around the field of reception, direct assistance, legal counselling, training and labour insertion.Accem website
Aleksandra Semeriak Gavrilenok holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political and Administration Sciences and a Master’s degree in Migration Studies from the University Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona. A former non-citizen herself, she became actively involved in raising awareness of statelessness and minority rights, becoming an individual member of the ENS in 2015. Aleksandra is currently working in the field of refugee, asylum seeker and stateless people reception in Spain.Aleksandra Semeriak website
Ali Ahmed Abdelgader
Ali Ahmed was born in 1995 in the Sahrawi refugee camp in Tindouf, Algeria. Due to the territorial dispute over Western Sahara, Ali has never had a recognised nationality, which makes him stateless.
As a child, since 2003, Ali came to Spain as part of the "Vacaciones en Paz" programme, which promotes the reception of Sahrawi children during the summer with Spanish families, which facilitated his learning of Spanish. In 2019 he finished his studies in Translation and Interpreting at the University of Oran, Algeria.
Since 2021 he has been living in Spain, where he has initiated an application for recognition of his statelessness status. The difficulties and obstacles that Ali has encountered in this procedure have awakened in him the interest and the need to help other people in the same situation and to make local organisations and society aware of this reality.
Comissió Catalana d'Acció pel Refugi (CCAR)
Comissió Catalana d'Acció pel Refugi (CCAR) is a non-governmental organisation founded in 2014. It is an independent organisation associated to the Spanish Commission for Refugees (CEAR). CCAR was born with the purpose of approaching and ensuring international mandates in Catalonia to protect those who seek asylum and other forms of protection, among them stateless persons. Moreover, it was founded to veil for the correct application of the 1951 Geneva Convention and other national and international norms addressed to asylum seekers. Our foundation goals are the protection of the right to asylum and refugees' rights, as well as the protection of immigrants' rights. At the same time, we work in order to foster the social cohesion of refugees.Comissió Catalana d'Acció pel Refugi (CCAR) website
Fundación CEPAIM - Acción Integral con Migrantes
Fundación Cepaim's main mission is the provision of comprehensive support to migrants, asylum seekers, stateless persons, as well as nationals, in order to promote social cohesion and fight poverty and social exclusion. Through cooperation with public institutions, private actors and stakeholders, its goal is to achieve an inclusive, diverse and multicultural society, and to enhance communications and relationships between individuals with different social and cultural backgrounds. It is inspired by the principles of equality and non discrimination, cultural diversity, social justice, solidarity, and social transformation. There are different fields where Fundación Cepaim implements its activities focusing on the enhancement of an inclusive society: reception and international protection, employment, youth and family support, community-based development, equality and non discrimination, international cooperation, housing, interculturality and rural development. Its advocacy work aims to promote research, training, and to raise awareness and achieve social advancements in the fields of migration, social and residential exclusion, social vulnerability and cooperation with developing countries.
Fundación Cepaim are part of the International Protection National Reception System which includes beneficiaries and applicants of stateless status in Spain, and it offers them accommodation and cover their basic needs while affording them free legal and psychological aid and interpretation, and the assistance of social workers in their pathway to integration in Spain.
Red Acoge is a nonprofit organization with a network made up of 20 Spanish associations working at local and regional level. We work on the issue of equality of treatment and non-discrimination from an interdisciplinary perspective. We inform and denounce Public policies and legislative changes, such as the above mentioned, raising awareness and disseminating relevant information. We provide social and legal assistance to victims of discrimination, as well as developing education and social integration projects to form an inclusive and multicultural society. We also work with other agencies to improve information and mechanisms regarding access to justice and data collection on the subject.Red Acoge website
Saharawi Collective Youth Association LEFRIG
Our association (Asociación Juvenil Colectivo Saharaui LEFRIG) works to eradicate statelessness in general, and in particular we work with Sahrawis who arrive in Spain from the Sahrawi Refugee Camps in Tindouf (Algeria), to request Statelessness Status. It is a situation that we know very well because many of the members of the association have the recognition of the State of State by the Spanish State.
Our association was born to disseminate the situation of the Sahrawi people, but currently most of the work we do is accompanying and advising applicants for the Stateless Status.Saharawi Collective Youth Association LEFRIG website