The Government delegate in the Canary Islands, Anselmo Pestana, pointed out this Tuesday that there are still some 3,000 immigrants in the archipelago, although in terms of the arrival of people in an irregular situation, he pointed out that the islands are in "similar" figures to those of last year.
Specifically, he pointed out that from January 1 to 24, 1,864 people have arrived aboard 40 small boats, although he has clarified that a change in profile is perceived, since in 2021 there was a "notable increase" in arrivals of women when going "from 1,100 to 3,000", as well as in the type of boats that "are increasingly fragile" because "many are pneumatic" and come "very overloaded", for which he explained that "as soon as the sea punishable, navigation makes it tremendously dangerous, which is why deaths at sea have possibly increased.
Likewise, Pestana has affirmed during a statement to Cadena Ser and collected by Europa Press that more migrants are arriving from the "Saharan and Moroccan coast than from below", which is where Spain has more patrol boats.
But nevertheless, He has defended that the Canary Islands currently have more resources thanks to the work of the corresponding ministries, although he has admitted that deficiencies continue to be "detected".
On the other hand, the Government delegate in the Canary Islands has considered that Morocco's collaboration model in the Mediterranean "should be reflected in the Atlantic coast", since he has indicated that the increases in control must "improve a lot".
Likewise, he has considered as other "deficiencies" that must be polished those related to the transfer of immigrant minors to the peninsula, since it is an issue that at the time "affected Andalusia and is now happening to the Canary Islands", appealing in this sense to the collaboration of the rest of autonomies.
IMMIGRANT CAMP IN ARRECIFE
On the other hand, when questioned about the overcrowding of immigrants on a ship in Arrecife (Lanzarote) and the 'blockade' on the opening of the Temporary Attention Center for Foreigners (CATE), the delegate considered that the refusal of the Arrecife City Council to grant municipal licenses to regularize the supplies necessary for its operation "is not justified at all", since these administrative procedures are currently pending in order to open it.
From the Government Delegation in the Canary Islands they consider that the municipal government must explain the reason for the delay and what are the "obstacles that are delaying" the opening of an infrastructure that could be finished and ready for opening after investing 2.1 million euros on land ceded to the Ministry of the Interior by the port authority.
Pestana hopes that the City Council of Arrecife will reason why it is a center for the first 72 hours of migrants after their arrival and where the agents carry out the identification, as well as the Covid-19 tests can be carried out to later transfer them to a reception center of migrants.