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Spain: Government to provide migrants with 7,000 beds in Canary Islands

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Spain’s Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration Jose Luis Escriva announced that the government was set to provide migrants on the islands of Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Fuerteventura with 7,000 beds. He was speaking at a news conference in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on Friday.

Escriva said that this is a “reasonable” measure so that “the crisis can be managed on the island.”

In addition to the emergency shelters, he added that work will be done to provide another 7,000 beds.

According to reports, the government has not yet reached an agreement to speed up the transfer of migrants to the mainland, although Escriva said it was negotiating with autonomous communities such as Navarre, Extremadura and Valencia on the issue.

As of last week, 16,760 migrants and 553 boats arrived on the Canary Islands.

SOT, Jose Luis Escriva, Spanish Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration (Spanish): “In rapid emergency actions we can reach those 7,000 beds, which I think is a target number, and we think it is reasonable to maintain and manage [the crisis] on the island, across these three islands [Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Fuerteventura] with the distribution of places they have there.”

SOT, Jose Luis Abalos, Spanish Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (Spanish): “Maritime Rescue has reinforced its means in this area given the situation and we currently have two helicopters, one plane, two tugboats and three coastguard units. Normally there is one in this base, we have reinforced it with two. We also have ten rapid intervention boats, called ‘salvamar’, which are the most active when there are immigration incidents, they are the most active, and they have been reinforced with additional crew members.”

M/S Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda Jose Luis Abalos, Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration Jose Luis Escriva and President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Angel Víctor Torres with other officials

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