Sunday, November 29

Marlaska travels to Rabat and Escrivá, to the Canary Islands

Fernando Grande-Marlaska, Minister of the Interior.

Fernando Grande-Marlaska, Minister of the Interior.

One week after submitting a crash plan to deal with the migratory crisis that the Canary Islands are experiencing, the islands are still overflowing with the arrival of boats and cayucos, a matter that will be discussed tomorrow in Rabat by the Interior Minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, while the head of Migration, José Luis Escrivá, returns to the archipelago.

Between January 1 and November 15 16,760 people have arrived irregularly on the islands, 1,019% more than in the same period of 2019, according to the last balance of the Interior, and in the fishing dock of Arguineguín (Gran Canaria), where in August a provisional emergency camp was set up for 400 immigrants, they are crowded in the last days more than two thousand.

The departure of more than 200 people without means and, initially, without alternative accommodation, filled the patience of the authorities of the Canary Islands, where even Podemos has asked for Marlaska’s resignation.

From the islands they demand actions in the countries of origin, that Senegal, Mauritania, but especially Morocco, strengthen the control of their coasts to prevent the departure of boats, in addition to promoting repatriation mechanisms.

The latest official reports do not detail the nationality of arrivals to the Canary Islands by sea, since most initially hide this information to make it difficult to return, but police sources point out that the vast majority of those who have accessed the archipelago’s coasts in recent weeks are Moroccans.

The canary president, the socialist Angel Victor Torres, has also urged the Government to promote transfers to the Peninsula, which have been carried out in a timely manner and, fundamentally, in cases of vulnerable groups and applicants for international protection.

While Marlaska seeks the involvement of the Moroccan authorities In a trip announced already last week, this Thursday it was reported that Escrivá will be in the Canary Islands tomorrow to personally present the measures designed by his department for the reception of immigrants, given the constant growth of flows.

In an interview with Efe, last week he detailed the axes of a program that involves raising tents on Defense lands and equipping disused barracks to decongest Arguineguín and also begin to vacate the hotel complexes that have been used as an emergency solution.

Yesterday afternoon, the first 200 immigrants arrived from Arguineguín at the Barranco Seco Temporary Reception Center, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, a camp on military land where the filiation process of newcomers and medical tests will be carried out.

According to Interior sources, this Thursday another 200 people will be transferred to that center. The law gives 72 hours to the authorities for procedures that have taken up to three weeks at the dock due to the constant arrival of boats.

She is the first vice president of the Government, Carmen Calvo, who is in charge of coordinating the ministries of the Interior, Foreign Affairs, Migration, Defense and Territorial Policy in the face of the forced participation of all in the migration crisis.

Given the criticism from the islands to the central Executive, the Minister of Defense, Margaret Robles, has claimed this Thursday the work of his department, which, he recalled, has no powers in immigration matters.

When at the time he was asked to give up military facilities in use, he understood that it was not appropriate because “it entails an obvious danger” for migrants, he has indicated before explaining that he has made disused infrastructure available to other ministries and to guarantee that their The department will continue to act “with a clearly humanitarian purpose.”

What is happening in the Canary Islands is a humanitarian drama that we cannot in any sense make political use, “Robles said in statements to the media.

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