Illegal immigration to Canarys rises by 1000pc
17 August 2006, MADRID — The number of illegal immigrants arriving in the Canary Islands is "unsustainable", the regional president claimed Thursday.
17 August 2006
MADRID — The number of illegal immigrants arriving in the Canary Islands is "unsustainable", the regional president claimed Thursday.
Adán Martín said more than 16,400 immigrants had landed on the islands this year.
He called on the European Union and Spain to "multiply their efforts" to try to deal with this "avalanche".
Speaking to the Spanish radio station Cadena SER, Martin said during the first two weeks of August this year, ten times the amount of immigrants arrived compared with same period last year.
There were over 3,000 arrivals this month, compared with 318 in 2005.
He claimed from one day to the next, more immigrants were arriving.
Martin said 388 children had arrived this year, of which each one costs the local government EUR 18,000 to deal with.
He said many immigration centres were saturated and the number of arrivals had exceeded all expectations.
Adrian's comments come a day after Jose Lluis Rodriguez Zapatero arrived in the islands.
Zapatero praised efforts of the islanders to deal with the problem.
Opposition leader Mariano Rajoy, head of the Popular Party, accused Zapatero of making Spain "a haven for illegal immigration".
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news