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islands canary dw refugee news latest become crisis migration hotspot

Canary Islands become migration crisis' latest refugee hotspot | DW News
While the struggle continues for a European solution for the migrants on Lesbos, the next refugee drama is unfolding at another European external border, the Canary Islands. More than 4,000 African migrants have arrived on Spain's Canary Islands since the beginning of the year. Many of them are fleeing the deteriorating security situation in the Sahel with boats departing from Morocco and the territory of Western Sahara. They're also departing  hundreds of kilometres farther south from Mauritaina and Senegal.


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(17-09-2020, 08:09 PM)Ray Wrote: ... More than 4,000 African migrants have arrived on Spain's Canary Islands since the beginning of the year...

The figure is way over 5,000 already. https://www.eldiariodecanarias.com/notic...-d%C3%ADas
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More than 1,000 migrants from Africa have arrived in the Spanish Canary Islands over the last 48 hours, the Red Cross says.

These are figures that have not been seen for more than a decade.

On a visit to the islands, Spain's Migration Minister José Luis Escrivá promised a "comprehensive response".

This route from West Africa has grown in popularity since 2018. A previous peak, in 2006, saw 35,000 migrants arrive in the archipelago, the UN says.

Many of the migrants would have set sail from Senegal, more than 1,600km (1,000 miles) away, where this week two boats carrying 186 people were intercepted by Senegalese marines, the AFP news agency reported quoting a military statement.

The passengers were reported to have been from Senegal and The Gambia.

The migrants who arrived in the Canary Islands since Thursday were rescued from 37 boats, Spanish news agency EFE reports.

Many are being looked after by the Spanish Red Cross in camps near where they disembarked.

A Red Cross spokesman told AFP that barring a few mild cases of hypothermia, all were in good health and had been tested for Coronavirus.

Mr Escrivá has been on a trip to three of the archipelago's main islands - Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria - to see the situation for himself.

But he was criticised by local council leader Blas Acosta for not offering any solutions to how the migrants should be housed, El Mundo newspaper reports.

Between January and the end of July this year, 3,269 migrants made the crossing from West Africa to the Canary Islands, which is nearly a 600% increase on the same period in 2019, the UN's International Organization for Migration (IOM) says.

This year so far, more than 250 people have died trying to reach the islands, the IOM adds.


Thanks Perrypower1 for the link in another thread.

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Yikes.. like COVID-19 wasn't bad enough for the canaries..
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(11-10-2020, 04:30 PM)trex Wrote: Yikes.. like covid-19 wasn't bad enough for the canaries..

Due to COVID, the immigrants can't leave the islands, making the situation even worse. Local economy can't sustain too many refugees and I'm sure the refugees aren't that happy about being held here, feeling uncertain about their future neither. The current situation looks pretty much like "Lose-lose" for everyone involved.

Mainland gov seems to be ignoring the issue too:
Quote:The President of the Island Council of Fuerteventura, Blas Acosta, describes as disappointing the meeting held with the Minister of Migration, José Luis Escrivá, after the latter's rudeness without offering any concrete solution to the problems raised for months by the Corporation.

Blas Acosta has underlined that the proposals and the forms of the minister during the meeting are "an absolute lack of respect" for the Island Corporation and the island of Fuerteventura as a whole, especially in these special circumstances that require more responsibility and sensitivity from us and understanding of problems.

According to sources consulted, the minister, when asked about the solutions he brought to the problem in the archipelago, has not been able to provide effective answers. In this sense, when "effective solutions" were demanded by the Island Council and the authorities asked "what he had come to" he has chosen to get up with his entourage and withdraw from the meeting.
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It's sad all round,,

It's sad for us,, we book our 2 weeks hols,, or fly over to our second homes to get away from all the ***** that goes on where we live at home,, now we have to deal with it at our happy place.

It's sad for the canarian people who now have their services and first responders swamped..

And It's sad to see people so desperate that they set sail on rafts, to find a better life.

There are no winners here.
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8,102 refugees arrived on Canary Islands since the beginning of the year.

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