The number of migrants arriving by sea in the Canary Islands has & # 39; crisis levels & # 39; affected
The number of migrants arriving by sea in the Canary Islands has & # 39; crisis levels & # 39; reached, officials warn, because women and children receive free accommodation in hotels to cope
- Politicians claim that migrants have arrived on the Canary Islands daily
- A total of 1,546 people landed in boats from Africa this year, including 262 minors
- Bron said 20 women and children were housed in a four-star hotel in Gran Canaria
The number of migrants arriving in the Canary Islands has & # 39; crisis levels & # 39; , officials warned, because women and children in & # 39; four-star hotels & # 39; must be accommodated to cope.
The government of the archipelago urges Spain to take urgent action because boats full of men, women and children arrive on the islands daily, which means a huge burden on resources and accommodation.
According to one source, 20 women and children must be housed in a & # 39; well-known 4-star hotel & # 39; in Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria, because there is no other place to go. They would have stayed there for at least two weeks.
Another 400 immigrants were placed in other accommodations around Gran Canaria or sent to the other islands in the Canary Islands.
A boat that had arrived in the Canary Islands after traveling across the hard waters of Africa
On Thursday, dozens of corpses appeared on the beaches of Mauritania, Africa, after a small boat with at least 150 migrants sank after crashing into the rocks on the way to the Canary Islands.
It is believed that about 62 people died in the crash, including seven women and a two-year-old girl.
The maritime rescue service also intervened in another boat with 30 people on board when they were reported 160 miles south of Gran Canaria yesterday.
A government spokesman said that this year so far a total of 1,546 people have arrived in the Canary Islands, 262 minors.
Reception centers are said to be overflowing and it is claimed that some migrants caught by the police were forced to sleep on the street and even in prison cells and churches.
The Canary Government has made a formal request to Spain to ask the African countries where many migrants come from to introduce new policies and to tighten security.
A government spokesman said that so far this year 1,546 people have arrived in the Canary Islands in boats from Africa, 262 minors (photo: an earlier arrival)
Migrants who have arrived in the Canary Islands are checked by emergency medical services
The spokesperson for the Canary Executive, Julio Pérez, said the controls & # 39; in the bad years of immigration & # 39; have since declined.
The government spokesperson added that border control is a competence of the state, and therefore he demanded that Spain & # 39; intensify the policy of action at source and activate & # 39 ;.
He also argued for joint patrols with the police of African countries and the continued presence of representatives of the Spanish government in those areas.
To date, around 648 migrants from Maghreb, North West Africa and 675 sub-Saharan Africa have arrived in the Canary Islands in 2019.
This is a significant increase compared to 643 and 159 respectively last year and 80 Maghreb and 107 sub-Saharan migrants in 2017.
The increase in the number of people coming from the Maghreb is said to be due to the reduced intensity of the Spanish government's border control equipment. It is reported that about 50 percent of migration movements in the Mediterranean are cut off, where more resources are concentrated.
This has resulted in migrants traveling to the Canary Islands instead.
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