The Arguineguín pier once again houses 229 African immigrants

2020/09/23 16:36:43 Written by Canarian Weekly Gran Canaria

The Arguineguín dock, in the southwest of Gran Canaria, where Marítime Rescue takes the immigrants it intercepts near the island, is once again sheltering 229 people who are waiting for the result of their PCR test and news of where they will be staying.

This is the figure provided earlier today by the Red Cross, a charity organisation (NGO) that is responsible for providing humanitarian reception to these people, sheltering them from the sun and heat under tents that they have installed on the pier, where the transfer of immigrants, staff of the Security Corps and Forces, Maritime Rescue personnel, and workers and volunteers of this humanitarian organization does not stop due to the upturn registered by the Canarian migration route.

The central Government and the Canarian Executive began to relocate them in hotels and apartment complexes on September 11th as they are empty due to Covid-19, and the 400 immigrants who spent the night in the camp set up by the Red Cross on the Arguineguín dock on that day, are staying there.

The President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, and the Government delegate, Anselmo Pestana, announced in front of the camp that the objective was for this emergency facility to be empty the next day.

That morning there were 400 sub-Saharan and Maghrebi immigrants in the port of Arguineguín, of which 177 were evacuated to tourist establishments that welcomed them temporarily, while the rest were transferred in the following hours, as the results of their PCR tests came through.

However, the arrival of boats to the island has been incessant ever since. According to the latest data published by the Ministry of the Interior, corresponding to September 15th, up to that date 5,121 immigrants had arrived in the Canary Islands in 190 boats, six times more than in the same period of 2019, which was 836.

In recent weeks, the Secretary of State for Migration has been expanding the network of first reception in the Canary Islands, with places in apartments and tourist complexes that were closed due to the crisis. Until last week, six tourist establishments with no activity had been enabled: 4 in Gran Canaria, 1 in Lanzarote, and 1 in Fuerteventura, which raised the available places to 3,000.

Only yesterday, Tuesday, 155 immigrants were retrieved from waters near Gran Canaria by Maritime Rescue and transferred to Arguineguín, after the interception of seven more boats.