The Refusal To Enter The Camp In The Canary Islands Has Left Hundreds Of Immigrants On The Streets

2021-02-25   |   by CusiGO

Usman Diop, a 27 year old Senegalese, arrived in the Canary Islands four months ago. He lived in two apartments in Puerto Rico’s sunny Southern grand Canaria until he was told that they would move him to the Las roots camp in Laguna (Tenerife), a military complex with a capacity of 1400 people. “In the hotel, I do nothing but sleep and eat. In the camp, things will get worse and they will send us back to Senegal, “he said. His intention was to prepare for becoming a welder, and to do so, he chose his own life. Even if it means sleeping on the street. He spent three days in Lasso, Puerto Rico, and then moved to Las Palmas, in the great Canary Islands. There’s still no place to live.

According to NGOs, Diop is one of hundreds of people who have decided to give up reception resources and sleep in tourist areas, ravines, gateways, parks or shacks and rely on Caritas to eat. Some are luckier and get a roof, thanks to organizations like our network, a platform created specifically to deal with this situation.

“We estimate there are hundreds. Antonio Santana Miranda, a member of the group, explained: “they try to find food in fear, avoid the threat of police and other forms of violence, and when they start moving to these camps, they start sending messages to each other that they are going to be deported. They know that if they want to leave, they can move freely, so many people have chosen street life since early February. ” The country tried unsuccessfully to get the government delegation and the State Secretariat for immigration to specify the number of people denied access to the camps. We only receive 23 immigrants.

On Saturday, when a vox driven caravan marched to protest against “illegal immigrants,” Somos red organized a campaign in support of clothing collection in a central square. Ousmane Diop picked up a bag, some T-shirts and a backpack. Next to her, atou Yade, 23, and Samba, 22, are tidying up warm clothes for the day and night. The latter has been working as a car mechanic in the Canary Islands since the end of November. “In Puerto Rico,” Samba explained, “they told us that if they send us back to our roots, it’s the first step to send us back to Senegal. I don’t want that. I just want help so I can work. ”

“Going to Tenerife doesn’t mean they’re going to be deported the next day,” said MAME sheik, President of the Canary Islands Federation of African associations. “In fact, they may have more opportunities to go to the peninsula from the center of the city.”

The first immigrants to start sleeping in the streets and ravines of great Canary were mainly Moroccans. They were driven out of the hotel because they violated the cohabitation rules or left the center for more than three days. But things are changing as the macro camp moves.

The City Council of San bartolomey in tirajana admits that at least 100 people sleep in the city park. Those in Las Palmas, the great Canary Islands, have little support from the City Council, which has not provided any data. Mogan City Council says people in sub Saharan Africa no longer sleep on their streets.

According to Caritas, the number of people eating at two restaurants on the island increased by 72% in January over the previous month. In early January, the group distributed 170 to 190 menus a day, and this week, the number reached 370. “Almost all of these new arrivals are immigrants, leaving their apartments and reception facilities and living on the streets,” a source for the group said.

Since the number of people arriving on the island increased in the middle of last year, the government, with the support of the European Union, has implemented various blockade strategies. The most vulnerable personal data are either transferred to the peninsula in a very timely manner or without any leakage. Since December, within the legal framework of ensuring health restrictions, the police have begun to block all ports and airports of immigrants who may leave with valid passports.

Under pressure, the government began to speed up the new diversion. Sources familiar with the devices said there were 3500 authorizations, but it was unclear how many of them had been transferred and how many left. Maria mart í n reports that there is still no information on these transfers within the country and among migrants.

Root camp became a bloody destination a few weeks after it opened. For several days, a group of people have been camping outside the facility, protesting the conditions of the fence. “It’s cold there, there’s not enough food, and a lot of people tell us they’re sending us back to our country,” said ndiak, one of the Senegalese hosts of our network in greater Canaria. “Now we are worried that the police will come at any time, arrest us and expel us.”

The camp is managed by accem, a non-governmental organization. The organization’s sources assured the country that they were “committed to providing the best possible care for the detainees.”. “It’s not easy to start such a device. Santiago g ó mez zorrilla s á nchez, the spokesman, assured us by e-mail that every day there are different needs or deficiencies that we are trying to address. “I believe there are still things that need to be improved and we are doing our best to do that.”