Gran Canaria wants immigrants removed from tourist accommodation

2020/11/27 10:21:14 Written by Canarian Weekly Gran Canaria

The boats continue to arrive in Gran Canaria, where 348 people landed yesterday, two of them babies, in a day in which the mayor of Mogán and the hoteliers associations have announced that they will stop allowing them to be sheltered in tourist accommodation.

The ultimatum to stop accommodating immigrants has been communicated to the Ministry of Migration by the mayor of Mogán, Onalia Bueno, and is seconded by the Canarian Confederation of Employers, and the Las Palmas hotel management association (FEHT), saying that it is time for the Government to move the 6,000 irregular immigrants who are staying in a dozen hotels in Gran Canaria, to its own facilities.

In addition, the mayor of the town, where there are currently 3,500 immigrants staying, has warned the Government that if it does not evict them before the end of the year, they will open disciplinary proceedings against the establishments, since it argues that using a hotel as a space for humanitarian reception for a long period of time, contravenes the use for which their land is authorized.

This warning has coincided with the support given by Vice President Pablo Iglesias to the Canarian Governments demand to divert a proportion of the irregular migrants to the mainland.

While the migratory rebound puts stress on both the emergency services and the local and national institutional officials, and the hoteliers of the islands, the arrival of immigrants have continued and the Arguineguín pier is once again accommodating almost a thousand people.

Marítime Rescue brought 348 occupants of eleven boats to the Arguineguín dock yesterday, bringing the total staying there to 927 last night, including two babies.