The Generalitat has no official record of the arrival of irregular immigrants to the Valencian Community on flights from the Canary Islands. This is confirmed to ABC by sources from the Ministry of Equality and Inclusive Policies after the arrest this Tuesday of sixteen people in Valencia who had arrived in the capital of Turia from the airports of Gran Canaria, Tenerife North and Lanzarote.
All of them would be part, according to a complaint from the Unified National Police Union (SUP), of a group of more than three hundred immigrants which landed in Manises – to which another hundred would be added in Alicante – on eight different flights operated by the companies Ryanair and Vueling between Friday 6 and Tuesday 8 December, when the police operation took place.
From the department headed by the vice president of the Consell, Mónica Oltra, they assure that none of these people have been received in centers dependents of the Ministry and there has not been any formal or informal communication by the Government of Spain in which they were informed of any type of transfer. In fact, the Government Delegation in the Valencian Community points out that these are not organized transfers, but that these people have traveled “on their own”.
The same sources of Inclusive Policies allude to the conversations that the central and regional executive have held in recent weeks as a result of the migration crisis in the Canary Islands. Negotiations that still had not resulted in a firm agreement for the reception from the people who arrived on the island by boat, as also confirmed by the Government Delegation.
Two of the sixteen immigrants arrested -because they were in an irregular situation- are admitted to the General Hospital of Alicante after giving positive for coronavirus. The other fourteen have also been transferred to the Alicante capital -the CIE of Valencia is closed for works- to pass the quarantine in thefield hospital of the Generalitatthat until now housed people who had arrived by boat to isolate them after having been in contact with the sick.
Sources from the Ministry of Health confirm to ABC the result of thisfirst screening and they explain that the tracking protocol of the possible contacts that these people had on the commercial flights that transferred them to the Peninsula exceeds their powers.