MADRID: Some 3,000 Pakistani students who had gone to Ukraine to study medicine, engineering, and other fields have skipped the war-torn country to reach Spain, Spanish media reports.
These students say their journey was a difficult one as for over 18 hours they remained deprived of food and water.
Ukrainian troops first allowed their compatriots to cross the border and then other foreigners were asked to leave. Among those foreigners were a large number of Pakistani students who wanted to leave Ukraine and go to Spain. Compared to other European countries, Spain has announced significant concessions for foreigners stranded in Ukraine, allowing them to stay first for one year and then for three years. Work permits and accommodation have also been promised to the visiting foreigners.
The foreigners, however, have not been offered Spanish citizenship or any other such privilege despite a lot of political pressure on its government from these foreigners.