Andalusia: at the port of disembarkation, migrants live in the middle of garbage and rats - InfoMigrants

2022-07-28 13:48:07 By : Ms. Vivi Chen

Please enable JavaScript in your browser for better use of the website.At the port of Escombreras, in Spain, one of the landing places for migrants, controversy swells over the living conditions of exiles, kept in a makeshift camp.The newcomers, mostly Algerians, live amidst rats and garbage, in scorching heat.A "chaotic" situation according to a police union, which should not improve quickly, as arrivals are increasing this summer in Andalusia.The arrivals of migrants in Andalusia have not weakened in recent days, undermining the Spanish reception system.On Tuesday July 26, 132 Algerian nationals reached the coasts of the region of Murcia, in the south of Spain, aboard nine canoes, according to the authorities.Already last week, nearly 200 exiles from Algeria were intercepted off the coast of the country and brought back to the mainland.Many of these people, after being rescued at sea, disembark at the port of Escombreras, near Cartagena.And at the quay, the controversy swells, as the situation is deteriorating.A hundred migrants live in a makeshift camp hastily set up by the local authorities, while waiting to be transferred to centers."Da asco. Hay ratas, mosquitos, basuras...": así son atendidos los inmigrantes llegados en patera a la Región de Murcia "Como en un almacén de ganado", me ha contado hoy @RosaManrubia, que ha visto en esas condiciones a niños de 15 o 20 meses ➡️ new arrivals, including women and small children, are crammed into large white tents and sleep on cots.Temperatures around 40 degrees in Andalusia complicate their daily lives, and the heat under the shelters is stifling.Outside, migrants try to protect themselves from the sun by crowding along the walls in the shade.On Wednesday, several lawyers went to the port to see the living conditions of the exiles and provide their legal aid."It's disgusting, there are rats, mosquitoes," one of them, Rosa Manrubia, told the local press."There are very young miners [living] in unsanitary conditions, surrounded by rubbish, where they run barefoot," she added.Last month, a rodent bit the face of an Algerian who was sleeping on the floor in a tent.Esta mañana he estado en el campamento de Escombreras para atender oleada de migrantses.Da asco.Hay niños pequeños, he contado al menos 10, algunos de muy corta edad.Waiting in unsanitary tiendas.(Sigue) union of civil guards (AUGC), the police officers who guard the camp, is also very critical.Its representative, Juan Montalban, evokes a "chaotic situation" where the forces of order and the exiles are kept "without shadow or air conditioning".The union also alerted to the unsanitary conditions of the premises."Nobody cleans here," he says.The police released photos showing containers full of rubbish, dirty clothes, boxes and rubbish lying on the ground.Site toilets have been installed but the exiles do not have access to showers.They clean themselves using a hose, the water from which flows near the makeshift shelters.The police and humanitarian workers are calling for a radical change in the reception conditions for migrants who land in Escombreras.They ask for the opening of the temporary center for foreigners (Cate) located a few kilometers from the camp, but remained closed.The site, made of prefabricated buildings, nevertheless required a year of work and the investment of three million euros.Especially since the situation is not likely to improve quickly.According to the European border surveillance agency Frontex, arrivals are expected to increase this summer.Frontex has warned the State Security Forces and Bodies (FCSE), which control the Andalusian coasts, that there are currently "many people ready to leave Algeria to enter Spain illegally on board boats".>> To (re) read: The parenthesis of the "closed" hirak, the Algerians cross the sea to reach Europe at the risk of their livesDespite the dangers linked to the crossing and the numerous expulsions, many Algerians continue to set sail to reach Europe.From Oran, Mostaganem or even Algiers, dozens of small motorboats set off to sea each week, heading for Andalusia.Driven by the economic gloom in the country and the lack of prospects, men, but also women and children, dream of a life elsewhere.Between January 1 and June 30, more than 3,000 migrants – mostly Algerians – landed on the Andalusian peninsula and the Balearic Islands.Even only 200 to 250 km away in places, the road from Algeria to Andalusia remains very dangerous.The Heroes del mar association reported on Wednesday a new shipwreck off the Algerian coast.A boat made up of 14 Algerians that left Mostaganem on Monday evening capsized in international waters.Two people were rescued by the Algerian navy but 12 others are still missing.