Spain will build migrant camps in the Canary Islands. The camps are intended as temporary shelter for 7,000 migrants. More than 5500 of them now stay in hotels. There is room there because the tourists stay away due to the corona pandemic.
Migration Minister Jose Luis Escriva said the camps will be ready by the end of the year. Escriva presented his plan on a visit to Las Palmas in Gran Canaria. The reception centers will be located on premises and in buildings of the Ministry of Defense, on the islands of Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Fuerteventura.
Six times as many as last year
Last year, more than 18,000 migrants crossed from Africa to the Canary Islands, writes the newspaper El País. That is six times as many as last year. Half of all migrants entering the EU illegally now do so via the Canary Islands. The migrants hope to be able to travel from there to mainland Europe.
Regional administrators believe that the Spanish government is abandoning the islands. Madrid does not allow migrants to the mainland because the government does not want the Canary Islands to become a springboard to Europe.