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Refugee crisis: Violent situation on vacation islands - Spain plans deportation offensive

2020-11-23T19:23:33.686Z

Refugee crisis: Violent situation on vacation islands - Spain plans deportation offensiveRefugee crisis: Violent situation on vacation islands - Spain plans deportation offensive Las Palmas / Madrid - After the Spanish government was reluctant to deal with the dramatic migration situation in the Canary Islands for a long time, it is now coming under pressure. During a visit to Gran Canaria, the conservative opposition leader Pablo Casado complained: “The government is looking the oth



Refugee crisis: Violent situation on vacation islands - Spain plans deportation offensive

Las Palmas / Madrid - After the

Spanish government was

reluctant to deal with the dramatic migration situation in the Canary Islands for a long time, it is now coming under pressure.

During a visit to Gran Canaria, the conservative opposition leader Pablo Casado complained: “The

government is

looking the other way.”

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchéz also

received criticism from his own socialist ranks.

After he “finally woke up” weeks after the beginning of the crisis, as a TV commentator put it, he is now planning an emergency camp for several thousand

refugees

, but also a diplomatic offensive to deport newcomers.

More than 18,000 people from

Africa

fled to the

Canary Islands

in small, open wooden boats this year

.

According to official information, the number has increased by 1000 percent compared to 2019.

Most recently there were

9,000 refugees

within just four weeks.

The

Canary Islands

are currently in a difficult situation anyway because of the

lack of economic income from tourism

due to the

coronavirus pandemic

.

The increased

migration

is now an additional burden.

The vacant hotels made it possible to

accommodate

at least

5500 migrants

in 17 accommodations.

Refugee crisis in the Canary Islands: weather conditions reduce the number of newcomers

Most recently,

up to 2300

Africans spent

days

on the pier in

Arguineguín

in the south-west of

Gran Canaria

in poor hygienic conditions outdoors and in a small space.

They slept on concrete.

Casado accused Sánchez of perceiving the dire situation from a distance, but not acting.

"He must finally react," he demanded.

He must

mercilessly deport

the

migrants

.

Due to the bad weather, the number of newly arrived

refugees fell over

the weekend.

According to media reports, no boats arrived on Friday and Saturday, on Sunday morning only one with 78

migrants

.

But the public discussion remains tense.

In order to counteract the emergency situation,

Spain is

now

planning

emergency camps on

Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Tenerife

for 7,000 people, as

Migration Minister José Luis Escrivá

announced.

The warehouse should be completed within a few weeks.

Refugee crisis in the Canaries: Serious allegations by regional politicians against the government

In the

Canaries,

however, there have already been

protests

.

Regional politicians

warn of a "social explosion", emergency services and the police are no longer able to control the situation.

Sánchez also receives criticism from within his own ranks.

The

Canarian

, socialist regional president Ángel Víctor Torres scolded: “The

Canaries

are rebelling and resisting being the only place in

Spain

that is supposed to accommodate

the entire

migration of Europe *

.” The regional

newspaper Canarias7

wrote on its cover at the weekend: “The State leaves the

Canaries

in the lurch. ".

Meanwhile, Spanish politicians are trying to tackle the problem a few steps beforehand and

to make

illegal

migration

more difficult.

Sun traveled

Interior Minister Gernando Grande Marlaska

to

Morocco

,

to

illegal migration

and

Fight smuggling mafia.

Transporting

migrants

from the

Canary Islands

to the mainland is

currently not an option

for the

government

.

Foreign Minister

Arancha González Laya

traveled, however

to

Senegal in West Africa

,

to negotiate

measures against

illegal migration

.

Before that, in Geneva, she had met the heads of the International Organization for

Migration *

(IOM), Antonio Vitorino, and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, asked for help.

Spain

wants to

react

to the

migration crisis

with humane, responsible and solidary measures.

The plan is to work with countries like

Senegal to implement

a "zero tolerance" policy with regard to the

smuggling

mafia.

Because other escape routes are closed, many refugees are now arriving in the Canary Islands - and are being held there.

"I think that Europe is pursuing the clear strategy of turning us into a prison island," says the island president of Gran Canaria: https://t.co/JFOPUjeYKV

- Pro Asyl (@ProAsyl) November 16, 2020

Refugee crisis in Spain: Most of the refugees come from Morocco

Interior Minister Grande-Marlaska told

those who advocate a “more humane” approach and the admission of

migrants

: “

Migration policy

is determined by the EU, not

Spain

alone”.

It is imperative to avoid suction.

He emphasized this after a meeting with his

Moroccan

colleague Abdelouafi Laftit.

Most of the

refugees

who

arrive

in the

Canary Islands come

from

Morocco,

more than 100 kilometers away

. There are bilateral agreements for the return of

migrants

. But due to the

Corona travel restrictions

, this could not be complied with to the same extent in the past few months.

* Merkur.de is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network.

Source: merkur

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