Torres assumes that the distribution of minors between autonomies by law is not possible in this legislature

The President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Victor Torres, during his meeting with the Minister of Migration, José Luis Escrivá. / EFE

Minister Escrivá shares the need to promote a co-responsibility rule but asks for a prior consensus between the communities

Loreto Gutierrez

The President of the Canary Government,
Angel Victor Torresacknowledged yesterday that his demand for a state law to set a
proportional and compulsory distribution between autonomies of migrant minors who arrive on the islands has little chance of forging in the current legislature.

Torres, who met yesterday with the Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration,
Jose Luis Escrivarecalled that the distribution of minors now depends exclusively on the solidarity of other territories.

The agreement reached at a sectoral conference establishes the distribution of 300 of these young people to other territories throughout 2022 and 2023, a figure
"insufficient" because the Canary Islands continue to be well above their reception capacity, to which is added that the profile of the migrant has changed and more and more women and children arrive.

"Currently we have some
2,400 minors and they keep coming," Torres explained, "there are autonomies that have responded to the request for solidarity, but others have not even replied to the letter I sent them," he added.

Faced with this situation, the Canarian president stressed to Escrivá that the definitive solution is for the state government to promote
a law for debate in Congress. “It is what we have been demanding for a long time,” he explained, “is it possible before the legislature ends? It is
complicatedbecause of the time that remains and because it requires consensus”, he assumed.

Faced with the claim of the Canarian president, Escrivá assured that he fully shares the
need for a standard regulate co-responsibility in matters of unaccompanied minors, but also acknowledged that the Executive does not plan to promote any law in this regard, because its approval would require a broad consensus that at the moment seems unlikely.

"I totally agree that it has to be done in a normative way, and in fact that is the position that the Spanish Government defends at European level in the migration and asylum pact," said the minister, "but it is an issue that requires the
consensus of the autonomous communitiesbecause it is their responsibility, and it has to be born from an agreement of the sectoral conference, which is where they are represented”, he added.

Escrivá assured that the Government is "absolutely aware" of the extra effort that the Canary Islands makes in the reception and protection of migrant minors, and was convinced that "there is room to increase the
inter-territorial solidarity».

After the meeting with Torres, Escrivá confirmed that next Tuesday he will take to the Council of Ministers a royal decree of subsidy to the Government of the Canary Islands for an amount of
€50 million to support spending on minors, which corresponds to the item collected for this purpose in the General State Budget for 2022. For Escrivá, the transfer of these 50 million represents the «
recognition from the government of the additional effort of the Canarian Administration in the migratory field».

Beyond the specific situation of unaccompanied minors, the head of Migration favorably assessed the evolution of the response to
migratory phenomenon in the islands. «The joint management of immigration, if you look at a really complex situation with perspective, I think it is being managed in a
very effective», he assured.

In this sense, he pointed out that in the reception centers there are currently
1.500 personas "with a high degree of rotation, because comprehensive management allows the periods of stay to be relatively limited," he added.