Spain: Information on whether a person recognized as a Convention Refugee in Spain would automatically lose this status if he or she leaves Spain for more than one year
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 April 1997|
|Citation / Document Symbol||ESP26629.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Spain: Information on whether a person recognized as a Convention Refugee in Spain would automatically lose this status if he or she leaves Spain for more than one year, 1 April 1997, ESP26629.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6abdc78.html [accessed 20 May 2013]|
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According to information provided by the Embassy of Spain in Ottawa, refugee status is not automatically lost by a person who leaves Spain for more than one year (28 Apr. 1997). As established by law, a refugee can only lose this status when he or she willingly obtains the protection of his or her own country (país de su nacionalidad) or when he or she has willingly settled in, and the responsibility has been transferred to, another country (ibid.).
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.
Embassy of Spain, Ottawa. 28 April 1997. Letter and information package received by the DIRB.