In pictures and video: More than 200 migrants transferred from Spain's Canary Islands to four-star hotel on Costa del Sol
Migrant crisis ·
The 240 sub-Saharan Africans, all adult males, will stay for a month at the establishment where they will be cared for by Red Cross staff
Wednesday, 25 October 2023
Spain's Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration has transferred some 240 sub-Saharan migrants, who have arrived in the latest wave of boats to the Canary Islands, to El Morche, on the eastern Costa del Sol, on Tuesday. Due to the huge numbers of arrivals to the archipelago the central government is sending thousands of migrants, mostly sub-Saharans, to the mainland. On Tuesday night several planes arrived in Madrid, with the migrants distributed throughout the country, SUR has been able to confirm.
In the case of Andalucía, they have been settled mainly in the provinces of Granada, Almeria and Malaga. The migrants who arrived at El Morche, Torrox, will stay for a month at the Urban Beach hotel, which has 77 rooms and is a four-star hotel. Its owner, Francisco Javier Martín, told SUR that the establishment is managed by a 'tour operator', so he has refused to give more details of the operation.
The Ministry told SUR: "People arriving in Spain, for example Ukrainians, Afghans, Syrians, people arriving on the islands, etc., are referred to the resources of the system where they are available according to their vulnerabilities.
"First they receive health care, then they go to the police and, after 72 hours in police custody, they go to our centres, which are open where they can come and go. They are attended to by qualified personnel."
The Mayor of Torrox, Óscar Medina, described the government's actions as "absolute disloyalty". "It was the Red Cross who contacted me in the first place, and also the Andalusian Health Service (SAS)," said the PP leader, who added that the town hall is "prepared to help these migrants in whatever way is necessary".
The Red Cross’ provincial coordinator in Malaga, Samuel Linares, was unable to give in-depth details of the operation. The NGO collaborates in the care of these people who have arrived by boat from Africa to the Canary Islands.
Linares said that the hotel where these people will be accommodated will remain available until 31 December and that this operation will be maintained "while this emergency situation lasts". “It is so that they can receive dignified attention," he added.