The immigrants detained in Valencia arrived from the Canary Islands in eight Vueling and Ryanair planes




The National Police arrested sixteen immigrants in Valencia on Tuesday who had arrived in the capital of Turia on commercial flights from camps in the Canary Islands. The arrests were made under the Aliens Law, since they are people who are in an irregular situation in Spain, according to police sources consulted by ABC.

The detainees are part of the group of more than three hundred immigrants who landed at the Valencian airport of Manises on eight different flights operated by the companies. Ryanair Y Vueling between Friday 6 and Tuesday 8 December, when the police operation took place.

The trips occurred despite the perimeter closure decreed by the Generalitat Valenciana within the framework of the measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The immigrants, among whom at least two positive cases of coronavirus have been detected, traveled with the rest of the passage.

Sources from the Government Delegation in the Valencian Community indicate to this newspaper that “These are not organized transfers” by the Executive and maintain that immigrants have traveled “on their own” to Valencia (313 people according to police sources) and Alicante (one hundred).

The Unified Union of the National Police (SUP) denounced this Wednesday that the immigrants arrived on flights from the airports of Gran Canaria, Tenerife North and Lanzarote “Without having passed the PCR tests to find out if they are infected with the coronavirus.” One extreme that police sources deny to ABC, who report that the Moroccan passport is sufficient to be able to make the journey to the Peninsula and that the tests are carried out, just like any irregular immigrant intercepted in Spain.

In this regard, of the 16 immigrants arrested on Tuesday in Valencia, two tested positive for Covid-19 and they have been transferred to the General Hospital of Alicante. The remaining fourteen are also in the Alicante capital to pass the quarantine in the field hospital of the Generalitat that until now housed people arriving in a boat to isolate them after having been in contact with those infected with coronavirus.

The Alien Internment Center for Sappers in Valencia is closed for works, so after passing through the dungeon of the National Police station it was decided to transfer to Alicante, according to sources familiar with the operation.

Image of some National Police officers taken next to the Generalitat field hospital in Alicante
Image of some National Police officers taken next to the Generalitat field hospital in Alicante – JUAN CARLOS SOLER

Apart from those arrested for breaching the Immigration Law, the National Police detained on Monday in Valencia a Moroccan citizen from one of the Canary Islands camps accused of committing a robbery in the vicinity of the Bus Station, according to advanced “The Provinces”.

In addition to Valencia and Alicante, in recent weeks irregular immigrants from Canrias have arrived in Zaragoza, Barcelona, ​​Granada, Seville, Malaga and Huelva. Officially, the Government insists that it does not organize migrant transfers from the Canary Islands.

In fact, the immigrants who arrived in the capital of Turia during the last bridge are not covered by any government program, since the plan designed by the Ministry of Migration to relocate them to different parts of Spain, “has not been implemented still “, according to official sources of the Executive.

“Vulnerable groups”

Faced with this situation, immigrants depend on relatives or acquaintances or NGOs. According to the Government Delegation in the Valencian Community, the immigrant reception program that has not yet been launched will be aimed at “groups in situations of special vulnerability”, such as minors, women who are victims of abuse or people fleeing situations of violence and who, therefore, “are likely to receive asylum in Spain”.

In this regard, the Ministry of the Interior maintains that “neither organizes nor manages » migrant transfers, since its only function is “to authorize relocations very promptly”, but “always prioritizing profiles of international protection and vulnerable groups.”

For his part, the President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, stated that the Valencian Government will collaborate “to the extent of its possibilities” for the reception of immigrants.

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