237 migrants arrive in Malaga, reception over capacity

Red Cross calls for new permanent facilities

10 July, 13:23

    (ANSAmed) - Madrid, July 10 - The arrival in Spain on Monday of 237 migrants rescued by Spanish authorities in the western Mediterranean has taken reception facilities in the southern region of Andalusia to bursting point, Red Cross sources have said. The migrants disembarked from the SAR vessel Mastelero in Malaga port on Monday morning and given immediate medical and humanitarian assistance.

    Due to lack of space in temporary reception centres 183 men were then transferred to the local clay-pidgeon shooting stadium, while the women and children were transferred to Red Cross facilities. Local Red Cross coordinators and Malaga Acoge are calling for permanent facilities and more resources to manage the growing number of migrants arriving in Spain.

    "We cannot go on like this, we are making a crisis response to a structural emergency situation," said José Luis Candela of Malaga Acoge. In total 14,446 irregular migrants arrived in Spain by sea in the first half of the year, compared to 6,551 in the same period last year according to interior ministry data. Of the total, 13,360 migrants arrived on board 559 boats along the south coast or on the Balearic Islands. (ANSA).

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