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Work starts on much-needed migrant reception centre in Malaga port

The 3,000-square-metre plot set aside for the reception centre.
The 3,000-square-metre plot set aside for the reception centre. / SUR
  • The temporary police facility will handle up to 300 people near the quayside to cope with demand when boats are found crossing from Africa

Work for the National Police has begun on the construction of a temporary prefab centre to receive immigrants arriving unexpectedly at Malaga port. Until now migrants crossing to Europe from Africa, whether arriving on the shore by boat or picked up by rescue vessels, have had to wait in flimsy covered areas on the port side or other locations in the city.

Now, in an attempt to improve conditions for the new arrivals, the centre will house up to 300 people for the legal 72-hour time period under police guard to give time for initial paperwork to be carried out.

The local Red Cross has praised the centre but said more longer-term facilities are needed.