Spanish Government Refuses to Transport Migrants to Mainland

The Spanish government will not transfer illegal immigrants arriving in the Canary Islands’ Las Palmas and Tenerife to the country’s mainland, following the arrival of thousands of migrants from Africa.

The Spanish government will not transfer illegal immigrants arriving in the Canary Islands’ Las Palmas and Tenerife to the country’s mainland, following the arrival of thousands of migrants from Africa.

“We cannot allow establishment of new irregular migration routes to Europe. Migration policy affects the entire European Union and not just Spain,” Spain’s interior minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska told local reporters during a Monday morning press conference in Morocco.

Marlaska traveled to meet his Moroccan counterpart Abdelouafi Laftit, hoping to boost cooperation around the Atlantic migratory route, which originates in Morocco and the Western Sahara, a region that has seen increasing political tensions over the last few years.

Spanish authorities have been holding thousands of people on a pier in Las Gran Canarias for days. 

Local media and activists have been reporting that the migrants are sleeping on the ground and lack access to sanitary conditions or legal resources, pointing out that that migrant centers and infrastructures are overwhelmed.


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