Illegal immigrants favour the Costa Blanca

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THE Costa Blanca coast is being increasingly subjected to waves of illegal immigrants as increased vigilance in the southern stretches of Spanish coastline, make the coastline further north a more attractive proposition.

Last Thursday was the latest interception of a boat laden with illegals as it was boarded by Guardia off Calpe.

The boat had lost its engine and had been at sea for four days, according to thise on board. Although illegal entry into Spain is not a criminal offence, but one that merely produces repatriation, those who organise the activity for money; the people smugglers, are committing an offence and are of interest to the authorities.

Eleven illegal immigrants on board the boat gave evidence that they had each paid considerable sums to hire the boat, in Algeria, which they took turns in handling on its crossing.

A twelfth passenger was a minor who was taken into custody for his own care. It appears that this youth already has an expulsion order against himfor having previously entered the country in similar fashion on September 27 when a boat he was in was intercepted off Tarbaca.

Meanwhile, Local police the Guardia Civil were investigating another abandoned boat which they discovered off Benidorm last Friday.

They were searching the Benidorm area for the occupants of the boat who might have come ashore.

By Paul Deed

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