Canarys asks for Spanish Armada to stop migrants

23rd May 2006, Comments 0 comments

23 May 2006, SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE — The Canary Islands authorities have asked for economic aid from the European Union and the intervention of the Spanish navy to stop the tide of illegal immigrants.

23 May 2006

SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE — The Canary Islands authorities have asked for economic aid from the European Union and the intervention of the Spanish navy to stop the tide of illegal immigrants.

Some 2,000 immigrants have arrived over the past two weeks, swamping local half-way-houses as well as medical facilities.

The regional government demanded that Madrid deploy the Spanish navy to shield the archipelago from additional immigrant inflows.

It asked the EU to set up an emergency fund to deal with the "humanitarian crisis resulting from the immigration avalanche".

The local authorities say the navy could provide humanitarian assistance, and to return the illegal immigrants from where they departed.

The local legislature also asked for the creation of a joint plan of action between Spain and the EU which would include repatriation accords with the immigrants' countries of origin.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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