Sunday, September 26

The Canary Islands demand to share the burden of migration with the rest of Spain

Several Maghreb immigrants this Thursday at the Arguineguín dock.

Several Maghreb immigrants this Thursday at the Arguineguín dock.

The Canary Islands Government “He is not happy” with the response that the Ministries of the Interior, Defense and Migration have given to the migratory pressure that the Islands endure and he has “the hope” that Jose Luis Escrivá, head of Migrations and who is visiting the Archipelago this Friday, come with clear and immediate solutions, such as diverting part of the people who arrive in boats and cayucos to other communities and facilities are already opened to alleviate the overcrowding on the dock of Arguineguín.

Further, the Canarian government demands that the EU policy be complied with by which its member countries must share the burden of the immigrants they receive, said the Executive spokesman Julio Pérez yesterday. “The referrals are being made, it is enough to compare the number of immigrants who have arrived in the islands with those who continue in the Canary Islands,” asserts Pérez, who, without offering specific figures, states that of the 18,000 arrivals so far this year, There are around 6,000 in humanitarian and tourism resources, plus 2,000 from the Arguineguín pier, so the rest have had to leave the Islands.

The State prefers not to talk about referrals and Pérez understands this, because, according to his own knowledge, the Government of Pedro Sánchez does not want to give the message that the Canary Islands is “a door” that it may contradict the European agreements so that they continue to the continent, but “the derivations are being made,” he emphasizes, and is one of the demands that will be put on the table of the Minister of Migration in his visit today, in order that increase. Escrivá moved to the Canary Islands last October and received harsh criticism for his few commitments. Today it comes with announcements, Julio Pérez hinted, as the opening of more facilities that the Ministry of Defense has given to Migrations, after a year of being sued by the Canarian institutions.

Of the five loans, so far The Barranco Seco powder magazine only welcomes about 400 migrants, and they are supposed to leave these temporary facilities within 72 hours because it is a Temporary Care Center.

The Canary Islands Government trusts that Escrivá will provide solutions to this situation with the derivations and the imminent opening of more spaces and branded as “inadmissible” what happened last Tuesday, when 227 migrants from Arguineguín were ‘released’ and were transferred to the Plaza de La Feria, in the capital of Gran Canaria , improvised, or what happened in Tenerife, where another hundred migrants from Gran Canaria gathered who wanted to continue their journey to Huelva but were not allowed. Only some of them who had documentation were able to travel, he exposes.

Julio Pérez acknowledges that the Executive of the Canary Islands has not received an explanation, “but the Government has announced that there will be one, and the most important thing is that it not be repeated.” And he trusts that the Arguineguín pier will be vacated as soon as possible.

The spokesman emphasizes that the Canary Islands Government is supportive and is willing to assume the corresponding quota of immigrants but wants the rest of Europe, not only Spain, to assume theirs.

500 minors to the Peninsula

The Canary Islands has 21 accommodation resources, launched this year, which provide care to a total of 1,962 minors. An attention that the Canarian Government has addressed alone, for which it claims to have “urgency” with resources from both the State and the European Union, since there are currently no funds or programs at European level that help the regions in support with these minors. The Governing Council yesterday approved a report on the situation of minors in which the solidarity referral of at least 500 minors among the communities is requested, and a specific State fund to help in the management of these children such as was articulated in 2008.

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