“They are not subject to any internment regime”




About two thousand immigrants from the Canary Islands have been relocated to the Peninsula in the last year, all “asylum seekers or belonging to vulnerable groups” according to what high police sources told this newspaper.

These people had to leave the islands with an administrative authorization granted “in a timely manner” by the Ministry of the Interior, an authorization that “is not a pass they physically carry” but rather it is controlled “at origin” at airports, as it is understood that happened with the dozens of immigrants who traveled by plane to Granada.

Regarding the fact that they were not escorted, the department headed by Fernando Grande-Marlaska recalls that these are individuals not subject to any internment regime. That is, after 72 hours after their irregular arrival in Spain in which the police report must be carried out, “it is the will of each one to go or not to a reception resource.” So, with your current authorization, they were able to take the flight that took them to Andalusia “on their own or through the reception system”, dependent on the Ministry of Inclusion headed by José Luis Escrivá, according to Interior, who stressed that, for its part, “does not manage transfers of immigrants.” Another thing is returns to other countries and repatriations.

According to the same sources, “most” of those who leave the Canarian archipelago for the Peninsula do so, effectively, “referred to the reception system” -therefore with provision of accommodation-, while those who do so on their own “They are looking for a family network.”

The immediate question that arises in relation to this last mode of travel, -which would seem to be the one practiced by immigrants landed in Granada, since they were neither accompanied nor was anyone waiting for them upon landing- is where they get the money for the ticket. “There are people who have resources”, is the answer offered. The second question, given the curfew regime and confinements imposed by the pandemic, is where the newcomers were going to stay to comply with the mobility restrictions like the rest of the Andalusians. Interior insisted that this aspect is not part of its powers.

Covid protocol, “better than in Barajas”

A separate chapter deserves the guarantee of carrying out the PCR tests to these immigrants, to whom «A detection and traceability protocol is applied that works better than in Barajas», according to police sources.

Partner NGOs, such as the Red Cross, are responsible for carrying out all the steps. The positives for coronavirus, recalled the same sources, are immediately quarantined

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