The Government has transferred 18,800 immigrants out of the Canary Islands
According to data from the Central Government, there are still approximately 6,500 adult, and 2,200 minor, irregular immigrants in temporary accommodation in the islands, after the central Government has transferred 18,800 of them out of the islands, as explained by the Government delegate in the Canary Islands, Anselmo Pestana, in a radio interview this morning.
Pestana was answering open questions from journalists, and said that these exits are taking place through three channels:
- By being transferred by the Government to mainland Spain.
- By their own means as they have all their documentation in order.
- By returns to their country of origin.
However, the latter is only small numbers at the moment, with a total of 80 deportees every week and only on return flights to Morocco, since he didn’t specify how many are being deported to Mauritania, and flights to Senegal haven’t started yet.
EXPULSIONS FROM HOLDING CENTRES:
Another of the situations that has made headlines in Spain in recent days, has been the expulsion from reception centres, or voluntary abandonment by the migrants themselves, for various reasons. In the case of the Las Raíces macrocamp, there are already more than fifty people who are sleeping outside it, because, they say, of the bad conditions inside, especially related to the lack of food.
On this subject Pestana explained that the General State Administration has already put some resources in place "and they have been expelled or have left of their own free will", and these are "the first ones will be deported." As for who is responsible for their assistance once they leave these resources, after many of them roam the streets of the main cities of the Canary Islands, he has responded that a solution is being sought for these situations.