Spanish Authorities Dismantle Migrant Camp in Gran Canarias

Spanish authorities in the island of Gran Canarias dismantled the dockside camp that has been using to house thousands of migrants and refugees from Africa over the last few months on Monday morning, as the island continues to struggle with a significant rise in migration.

Spanish authorities in the island of Gran Canarias dismantled the dockside camp that has been using to house thousands of migrants and refugees from Africa over the last few months on Monday morning, as the island continues to struggle with a significant rise in migration.

“I celebrate [the dismantling], but there’s a lot left to do. It’s very important that we make sure these people who have risked their lives on the dangerous Atlantic crossing receive dignified and humane treatment. There also need to be controls in their countries of origin, and we need to fight the mafias and speed up transfers and repatriations” the regional president of the Gran Canarias Angel Torres wrote on his Twitter account, adding that authorities moved the migrants to a new camp in a former military base and to tourist hotels.

He also said that while the presence of the migrants and refugees had angered some residents, he called for people on the archipelago to think about the islands’ own long history of migration, pointing out “There’s no room for racism in the Gran Canarias.”


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