The Ombudsman, Francisco Fernández Marugán, has expressed his “concern” about the “over-occupation” of the Centers for Temporary Stay of Immigrants (CETI) in Ceuta and Melilla and has advocated the transfer of these people to the peninsula.
In a statement, the Ombudsman has transferred to the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration his “concern about the traditional overcrowding of these two centers, which, in addition, usually find a significant number of minors.”
Fernández Marugán advocates continuing with the transfers to the peninsula to avoid contagions from occurring in some units that, in his opinion, “are not prepared for such an eventuality.”
The Ombudsman is particularly concerned about the situation of families with minors in their care who are in these centers and has made a suggestion to the General Commissariat of Aliens and Borders to urgently authorize the transfer to the peninsula of a Moroccan woman and her three children who have been at the CETI in Melilla for seven months.
According to the complaint filed at the Institution by the Association for the Rights of the Child, the woman is a victim of gender violence and suffers from chronic asthma, which makes her especially vulnerable to Covid-19.
The woman’s brother, a legal resident, lives in Malaga so they could be taken in immediately.
There are currently 470 immigrants living in the CETI in Ceuta, while in the Melilla CETI there are around 1,700 people.