Refugees arrive in Malaga

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Malaga port

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.

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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.

5 COMMENTS

  1. They will increase taxes of course.
    Welcome in Malaga beloved refugees! Enjoy your live here! Heard about more coming over from Africa, yippie

  2. Dear James and dear Mike, do you really know what the term ‘refugee’ really means? Just pause for a moment out of your comfort zone in sunny Spain or wherever and think what it would be like to barely survive the complete destruction of your homes by Assad’s indiscriminate barrel bombs. Imagine finding yourselves lying barely alive in the burned out basements of what used to be your valuable houses now open to the skies and surrounded by similar ruins of what used to be your neighbours’ homes in streets of rubble and ash. Breathe a sigh of relief that your legs and arms are still intact although some of your neighbours lost theirs.

    Wake up now to the fact that your wives and/or children have all been killed by the weapons of war supplied to your enemies by Britain and America.

    Welcome to the real world James and Mike.

    Now write something different.

  3. The situation for these people is very sad and desperate but you already know my opinions on this are to try and sort these issues out in other ways than bringing people to places that have so much unemployment the people born there are leaving “for example”. Now why don’t you waken up and come into the real world rather than just looking at solutions that only lead to creating more problems!

    Give it a rest Brian, try and think of solutions that don’t involve creating problems further down the line, then I might listen to you. Rant back all you want, I am not interested in your short sighted opinions so don’t hold your breath waiting for a reply.

  4. My sincere apologies Mike. I must have been half asleep when I made my comment on this thread. I was responding after reading the comment made by “James” only a couple of days ago. I didn’t realise HE was commenting on an ancient article that dated right back to September last year! If I had checked the date I would have realised the other comment by “Mike” was an old one made by you before you changed your ID to “Mike in ESP.” Sorry.

    I have actually been going out of my way to avoid annoying you for some considerable time now Mike. I just thought I was dealing with a different “Mike.” That’s all. There’s also a different “Brian” appearing in the printed edition of the paper too with no attempt made to distinguish him from me when the editors just show me as “Brian.” All very confusing.

    Peace Bro’.

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