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Spain’s word of the year: Refugiado

The word was selected from among 200 suggested Spanish and other foreign words

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The Foundation of Urgent Spanish in Spain's capital Madrid chose the Arabic word "refugee" as word of the year 2015.

According to a statement published by the foundation on Wednesday, the word was selected from among 200 suggested Spanish and other foreign words.

The statement said that the arrival of thousands of refugees who fled the war in Syria and other Asian countries in search for security and a better future helped spread the Arabic word "refugee" in media outlets and social networking platforms.

It added that the foundation follows a certain set of conditions when choosing the word of the year. Some of these conditions are that the chosen word must be new and in use in both media outlets and social networking websites and it also must be in use in common language.

The statement also said that this year's word "refugee" enjoys the support of the Spanish Language Academy, which is officially responsible for the Spanish language dictionary, adding that it may be included in the list of new words to be added to the dictionary.

This is the third year straight that the foundation chooses a word of the year. In 2014, it chose the word "selfi," an adaptation of the English "selfie" while in 2013, it chose the word "escrache," which refers to protests.