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The Canary Islands ask for “a single command” from the Government of Spain to be able to deal with the migration crisis


Migrants arriving in El Hierro.  (EFE/Gelmert Finol)
Migrants arriving in El Hierro. (EFE/Gelmert Finol)

The vice president of the Canary Islands, Manuel Domínguez, demanded this Thursday that the central government establish a “single command” to manage the migration crisis that affects the archipelago and be capable of bringing together the work of the ministries. His statements come after the arrival this Wednesday of a cayuco with 280 migrants on board to the island of El Hierro and after more boats arrived in recent days with some 1,200 people in total.

“It is not possible that since the month of August There have been more than 3,000 people who have reached the island of El Hierro, [entre ellos] 497 minors, of which 301 have already been diverted to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, and starting tomorrow we will divert the minors remaining on this island, leaving a maximum quota of 40″, Domínguez told the press. Given these figures, the Canarian Government has demanded from the central government “a single command”, because as the vice president has indicated, “it is not possible that the negotiation is taking place with six different ministries, six ministries that do not coordinate and they say different things.” “They treat us like second-class citizens,” added the politician.

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Domínguez has demanded that the migration crisis that the Canary Islands are experiencing be treated as “a matter of State, a problem as if it were happening in Catalonia, because then the President of the Government would treat us in a very different way,” he criticized.

The president of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, also expressed himself along the same lines this Thursday, stating that they feel abandoned by the central Executive in immigration matters while warning that this pressure could generate a “breeding ground”. ” conducive to “xenophobic speeches.”

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The Canarian vice president, for his part, has also been especially concerned about health care on the islands, considering that the population is being “neglected” due to the migration crisis suffered by the archipelago. “In El Hierro we have seen how in recent days 1,200 immigrants have arrived, just over 10% of the island’s total population, which means that the media stops serving its population and we have to divert ambulances to care for people who desperately arrive on our shores“, he denounced, which is why he has once again insisted that the Government led by Pedro Sánchez consider it as a State problem.

Domínguez has also specified that some “15,000 irregular immigrants” have already arrived in the Canary Islands and are caring for more than 2,900 unaccompanied minors.

The statements by the Canary Islands Government come after this Wednesday the European Union closed the last chapter of the migration pact, one of the issues that has generated the most controversy in the bloc in recent years. The agreement further restricts the entry of migrants into the EU as well as asylum applications, a decision criticized by NGOs, who consider that human rights are being left aside.



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