Catalonia offers to take 4,500 migrants, Madrid ignores it

'1,800 immediately', Generalitat foreign affairs head tells ANSA

15 April, 12:23

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, APRIL 15 - Catalonia has said it is willing to take in 4,500 migrants as part of EU relocation programs for refugees mostly in Greece and Italy, but claims the Spanish government has ignored the proposal. Some 1,800 of the migrants and refugees would be accommodated immediately, the head of foreign affairs of the Catalonia government, Raul Romeva I Rueda, told ANSA in an interview in Rome as part of a tour of European capitals. The mission was organized to informally explain the aspirations of the Catalan government under Carles Puigdemont, which wants Catalonia to become independent within the next 18 months. On the issue of refugees, "I wrote a letter to Foreign Minister José García-Margallo and European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos," Romeva said. "The Spanish government must decide on the issue, as it falls under its jurisdiction. But they have never responded, as if they were offended because it is up to the state to decide." Romeva said that the case of the 4,500 migrants was ''one of many examples'' of a ''boycott'' that independence supporters say Madrid is engaging in against Barcelona. (ANSAmed).

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