Senegalese finally deported after flight delays
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