Without documents, a migrant is practically stranded in his host community and the procedures to obtain them are often long and complicated. In Spain, for example, it is difficult to get an appointment for immigration proceedings through the normal channels. The pandemic increased the problem and the Ministry of the Interior reacted, but getting a date to register fingerprints or obtain the identity card of a foreigner is an almost impossible task.
Difficulty in getting an appointment for your Immigration procedures through normal channels is a common complaint in Spain. And the pandemic made things worse. Many processes were blocked during confinement: it was impossible to go to register fingerprints, for example.
The Ministry of the Interior did not want to respond to our request for an interview. He says that measures such as the reinforcement of customer service and the increase in dispatch offices have been promoted. These measures are reflected in the improvement of the situation of the expeditions in certain points that presented major problems. In the Community of Madrid, it has gone from 568.2 Identification Cards per day in September 2019 to 976.6 in September 2020 (that is, 71% more).
But still the collapse continues. In police stations in Madrid, the lines of foreigners to ask for appointments are enormous. On social networks, Facebook or Wallapop, there are people who sell appointments for up to 200 euros. Thus taking advantage of immigrants who have to urgently renew visas or important papers, for example.
Many of the 800,000 Latin Americans in Spain were victims of this virtual system that cannot respond to the demand.