The State begins to move immigrants from Lanzarote to mainland Spain

2020/10/14 14:33:03 Written by Canarian Weekly Lanzarote

The central government has begun transferring irregular immigrants from Lanzarote to the mainland of Spain, as confirmed by the councillor for Social Welfare of the Cabildo. “Slowly but surely, it is true, the transferral has begun," said Isabel Martín in a radio interview.

Martín said that the Red Cross is taking care of adult immigrants who arrive on boats to the island through an agreement with the State, noting that the NGO currently only has “two accommodations, one in a hotel and another in a warehouse.”

"I think the minister of Migration has realized the scale of the problem, because by chance, the day he arrived we had that tremendous flood of boats arriving to the islands," he added, even though the Minister of Migration, Jose Luis Escrivá, did not include Lanzarote in his visit to the Canary Islands.

In this regard, it should be remembered, coinciding with Escrivá's visit to the archipelago, that between last Thursday night and Friday, the island saw the arrival of five boats with a total of 97 immigrants onboard. In addition, in the days that the minister was in the Canary Islands, more than 1,000 immigrants arrived in boats to different parts of the archipelago. "And a picture is worth a thousand words," said Isabel Martín.

Saturation in juvenile centres:
With regard to the situation of unaccompanied minors, the Councillor for Social Welfare of the Cabildo has stated that the arrival of the five boats last week was also "crazy", as about twenty minors were onboard them.

"This is saturating the resources we have," said Isabel Martín, who assured that the Cabildo is "beginning to make arrangements" with the Government of the Canary Islands to make a redistribution, “because these boys need to be taken care of,” he added “because there comes a time when we need a little help, not only in the case of adults, but also of minors.”

In this way, the Minister of Social Welfare pointed out once again the ‘tremendous lack of infrastructure’ on the island, "It is already known to everyone that we are using buildings that do not meet the correct conditions," she said, referring to the La Santa shelter.