Senegalese finally deported after flight delays

15th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

15 September 2006, MADRID — Delayed flights to repatriate Senegalese illegal immigrants finally got underway on Friday, authorities said.

15 September 2006

MADRID — Delayed flights to repatriate Senegalese illegal immigrants finally got underway on Friday, authorities said.

About 50 migrants were flown home from the Spanish Canary Islands after an 11th-hour hold-up onThursday.

They are the first to be expelled from Spain since Senegal agreed to restart a repatriation programme.

This year alone more than 22,000 migrants have arrived in the Canary Islands, swamping resources.

Many are from Senegal.

Spain recently negotiated a new repatriation agreement with Senegal.
 
Dakar suspended the original accord after illegal migrants complained that they had been handcuffed on the flight home, a claim denied by Spain.

The first repatriation flights were due to start on Wednesday but Spanish newspapers reported authorities in Senegal refused two flights permission to land "for technical reasons".

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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