Zapatero says change in migration law needed

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20 October 2006, LAHTI — José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero pushed other European Union leaders to change international maritime law to relieve Spain's illegal immigration crisis.

20 October 2006

LAHTI — José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero pushed other European Union leaders to change international maritime law to relieve Spain's illegal immigration crisis.

Zapatero was addressing the conference of leaders in Lahti, Finland on Friday, on the issue of under-age migrants.

He said at present minors who arrive without an adult cannot be returned to their own countries.

But the Spanish premier said the law should be changed in this respect.

Spain is the principle point of entry to Europe for many thousands of migrants from Africa.

Madrid has been struggling to deal with record numbers of illegal immigrants arriving in kayaks at the Canary Islands this year.

So far, more than 24,000 are thought to have reached the islands, swamping resources.

It has led to Spain to call on the EU for extra help from its borders agency, Frontex.

Some limited help has been provided by a small number of EU nations.

Spain has received support from France and Italy as well as from southern European countries like, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Malta and Slovenia.

They sent a letter to the president of the European Commission, José Manuel Durao Barroso, asking for more financial help to deal with immigration.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

19 October 2006

MADRID — José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero is to ask for more cooperation with Africa to deal with illegal immigration at a European Union conference.

The Spanish premier will address the summit of EU leaders in Lahti in Finland on Friday.

His aides on Thursday told EFE news agency Zapatero will introduce the question of large-scale immigration from Africa to Europe.

Spain is the principle point of entry to Europe for many thousands of migrants from Africa.

Madrid has been struggling to deal with record numbers of illegal immigrants arriving in kayaks at the Canary Islands this year.

So far, more than 24,000 are thought to have reached the islands, swamping resources.

It has led to Spain to call on the EU for extra help from its borders agency, Frontex.

Some limited help has been provided by a small number of EU nations.

Zapatero is expected to reiterate his opinion that illegal migration is not a problem just for Spain, but for all Europe.

Spain has received support from France and Italy as well as from southern European countries like, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Malta and Slovenia.

They sent a letter to the president of the European Commission, José Manuel Durao Barroso, asking for more financial help to deal with immigration.

Russian president Vladimir Putin is due to dine with the EU heads of state at the informal meeting.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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