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
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
, but also a diplomatic offensive to deport newcomers.
More than 18,000 people from
fled to the
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
within just four weeks.
are currently in a difficult situation anyway because of the
lack of economic income from tourism
due to the
is now an additional burden.
The vacant hotels made it possible to
in 17 accommodations.
Refugee crisis in the Canary Islands: weather conditions reduce the number of newcomers
up to 2300
on the pier in
in the south-west of
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.
Due to the bad weather, the number of newly arrived
refugees fell over
According to media reports, no boats arrived on Friday and Saturday, on Sunday morning only one with 78
But the public discussion remains tense.
In order to counteract the emergency situation,
emergency camps on
Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Tenerife
for 7,000 people, as
Migration Minister José Luis Escrivá
The warehouse should be completed within a few weeks.
Refugee crisis in the Canaries: Serious allegations by regional politicians against the government
however, there have already been
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.
, socialist regional president Ángel Víctor Torres scolded: “The
are rebelling and resisting being the only place in
that is supposed to accommodate
migration of Europe *
.” The regional
wrote on its cover at the weekend: “The State leaves the
in the lurch. ".
Meanwhile, Spanish politicians are trying to tackle the problem a few steps beforehand and
Interior Minister Gernando Grande Marlaska
Fight smuggling mafia.
to the mainland is
currently not an option
Arancha González Laya
Senegal in West Africa
Before that, in Geneva, she had met the heads of the International Organization for
(IOM), Antonio Vitorino, and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, asked for help.
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
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
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Interior Minister Grande-Marlaska told
those who advocate a “more humane” approach and the admission of
is determined by the EU, not
It is imperative to avoid suction.
He emphasized this after a meeting with his
colleague Abdelouafi Laftit.
Most of the
Canary Islands come
more than 100 kilometers away
. There are bilateral agreements for the return of
. But due to the
Corona travel restrictions
, this could not be complied with to the same extent in the past few months.
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