Moroccan migrants sleep in the port of Barbate, in Cádiz, after having been rescued in the waters of the Strait of Gibraltar on July 7, 2017
Nearly 500 migrants arrived in Spain after the interception of their boats will be held in a prison near Malaga, raising criticism of a human rights NGO against the Ministry of the Interior, which is said to be overwhelmed.
„We consider it much better to be in a center equipped with the latest technologies, sanitary facilities, showers, heating, bedding, sports fields …, than to put them in some camp, as has been seen in other countries,“ he said. minister Juan Ignacio Zoido on Tuesday on the radio Onda Cero.
The day before, his ministry announced the decision to house these migrants, who arrived on the southern coast of the country, in the penitentiary of Archidona, near Málaga (south), due to the lack of space in the usual detention centers.
According to Interior, 962 people arrived by sea from Thursday, November 16, 562 of them from Algeria.
Half of them were intercepted near the coasts of Murcia, where they ended up disembarking.
This Tuesday, another 48 people arrived in this city, explained the Red Cross to AFP.
„We can not consent, because so many boats arrive and we can rescue them from the sea, so that those people are free, because they have collapsed the system,“ added Zoido, warning of the „effect called“ it can mean for the mafias engaged in this activity. .
But the transfer of these migrants to a prison, despite having judicial authorization, was harshly criticized by local NGOs such as Málaga Acoge.
„We are radically against,“ its director, Alejandro Cortina, told AFP, noting that foreigners can not be held in prisons.
„There are doubts about whether there will be teams to detect victims of trafficking or whether a judge will supervise the installation“ as in the case of detention centers for foreigners.
The Jesuit Migrant Service, which assists them in detention centers, also considered that the decision violates „constitutional rights and guarantees“ and „unjustly criminalizes people who have only committed an administrative infraction.“
The newly built Archidona prison will begin to house prisoners in 2018.
According to the International Organization for Migration, 17,687 migrants arrived by sea to Spain until November 15, against 5,445 in the same period of 2016.
Still behind Italy (114,000) and Greece (25,000), Spain is an option increasingly used for the mafias that traffic with migrants to avoid the passage through the unstable Libya.