199 more immigrant arrivals on Saturday in Gran Canaria

2020/10/18 09:57:24 Written by Canarian Weekly Gran Canaria

Yesterday afternoon Maritime Rescue retrieved 25 people who were adrift in a boat off the coast of Gran Canaria, which brought the total of African immigrant arrivals yesterday to 199. They were taken to Arguineguín dock, where 471 people are already staying in tents waiting for space in a reception centre, meaning that 672 people slept in the port overnight, cared for by the Red Cross.

The Guardia Civil were the ones who alerted Maritime Rescue on this occasion of the boat that SIVE had registered. Agents of the armed institute were reporting the position of the boat to the crew of the Salvamar Menkalinan, who had set out in search of her, and who finally managed to find her and found that she was adrift with 25 men of Maghreb origin on board.

Salvamar rescued the 25 people and towed their boat to the Arguineguín pier, arriving at 7pm last night, where they joined the other 646 immigrants who arrived on the island in the last couple of days.

Saturday began with the rescue of 66 occupants of three boats, which were later joined by 12 Maghrebi immigrants from a fourth boat, and another 96 people of sub-Saharan origin who were in a sailing boat, all transferred to Arguineguín.

On Friday 312 people arrived in Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Fuerteventura, and in the last fifteen days the Canary Islands have received 2,021 immigrants, a figure that puts the total at 8,102 for the year so far, which is almost eight times more than people arrivals in boats or cayucos to the islands in the same period of 2019, according to the latest data released by the Ministry of the Interior.

All arrivals on the dock are tested for Covid-19 and then taken to accommodation according to the result, either isolation for positives, or reception centres for negatives. Many are being housed temporarily in tourist accommodation that has been donated by the complexes or hoteliers to the Government, whilst tourism is inactive, although there are some stories emerging in Tenerife and Fuerteventura of some disgruntled residents who say they are being housed in their complexes, without their administrators or communities informing them first.

After this many of the irregular migrants are returned home, transferred to mainland Spain, or integrated into society.