ABOUT 200 Syrians, Palestinians and Moroccans arrived in Malaga port on Thursday (September 11) from the Temporary Stay Centre for Immigrants (CETI) in Melilla.
Their arrival, a habitual occurrence in Malaga, is part of an initial reception programme the Spanish government has been running for years in collaboration with charities including the Red Cross, the Spanish Catholic Migration Commission Association (Accem) and the Spanish Refugee Aid Committee (CEAR).
The Red Cross has taken in 110 of the new arrivals, mainly family groups although some individuals were also noted. Almost all are asylum seekers and have accepted help from the charity, the Red Cross reported.
They have, therefore, been taken to Red Cross shelters spread across Andalucia.
Government delegate for Andalucia Antonio Sanz stressed that the group was brought to the mainland under the aforementioned scheme and had nothing to do with Spain’s quota of Syrian refugees as, so far, there were no official numbers for each separate region.
Sanz explained that arrivals of this type are not unusual in Malaga, in fact the scheme sees groups arrived to be taken in by charities about once a week.
Yet the delegate took the chance to ask all local authorities and organisations to work together to meet the important humanitarian challenge Andalucia and Spain will soon be facing to take in Syrian refugees and called for coordination and generosity.
“It is a State matter and not a competition to see who gets in first or offers the most, rather a chance to see how well we can all work together. Electoral purposes have no place here and making an offer is not enough, dignity and adequate living conditions must be guaranteed,” he said.