December 2, 2020

The Government will announce this week a plan for the migration crisis in the Canary Islands

The central government will announce before the end of the week a plan, in which several ministries are working, to respond to the high number of irregular immigrants arriving in the Canary Islands, has assured the president of the autonomous community, Angel Victor Torres (PSOE).

The Canarian president, who has not specified further details of the initiative, has said that with the constant flow of boats that arrive to the islands “it is impossible” to be able to welcome the immigrants who arrive in them.

As of this Tuesday morning, 15,404 immigrants had arrived in the Canary Islands in 526 boats or cayucos, the second highest number in history, after the maximum reached in 2006 (31,678).

That figure not only multiply by six that of the full year of 2019 (2,698), but there is also the circumstance that more than 9,000 of the arrivals correspond have occurred since August 1, which has completely overwhelmed the reception network.

Only last weekend the Canary Islands received 2,188 people in 58 boats or cayucos, which constitutes a double recordThere is no precedent in its entire history for an influx like that in just 48 hours, nor is there any record of a day like Saturday’s with 1,461 rescued.

Until last October 29, the State had received 5,748 immigrants in the Canary Islands, the vast majority, 4,500, in tourist complexes Until now closed due to the crisis in the sector that have been temporarily converted into humanitarian shelters. EFE


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