Grande-Marlaska highlights the cooperation with the countries of origin and transit as the best way to fight the mafias that traffic with people to the Canary Islands


At the meeting, the minister has indicated that immigration policy based on prevention and cooperation with third countries "has shown its effectiveness" when it comes to fighting mafias that traffic with people.

"Thanks to the close relations that Spain maintains with the countries of origin and transit of irregular immigration, in the year 2019 a decrease in the number of total arrivals to Spain of 50 percent was achieved, a decrease that is being maintained in 2020 ", he has indicated.

Grande-Marlaska has said to be aware of the rebound in arrivals in the Canary Islands over the past few months, which has indicated the need to "put more emphasis on the measures and actions taken on the Atlantic facade" to contribute "to the improvement of the management of migratory flows ".

The minister has put in value in this line the work that is carried out daily in the prevention at origin, "which is the best way to avoid suffering and, above all, deaths at sea."

In this regard, he highlighted the collaboration between administrations and between security forces and forces with Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania, Senegal, Republic of Guinea, Niger, Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Mali.

Grande-Marlaska has indicated that one of the priority objectives is "the fight against traffic networks and trafficking in persons". "The most vulnerable element in irregular migration is the migrant, the protection of their rights, starting with that of life, requires that all possible operational forcefulness be exercised against the networks," he said.

In the meeting, which has taken place at the headquarters of the regional government in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the Vice President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Román Rodríguez; the Government delegate, Anselmo Pestana; the Secretary of State for Migration, Hana Jalloul; the chief police officer in the autonomous community, José María Moreno; and the general of the Canary Islands Civil Guard Zone, Juan Miguel Arribas.

Several councilors of the Government of the Canary Islands, representatives of the different councils, members of the Canary Federation of Municipalities and organizations that are dedicated to the reception of migrants such as CEAR, Red Cross, White Cross or Caritas.

Coordination Center

The minister has also visited the Canary Islands Regional Coordination Center, a pioneer center in the control of migratory flows, where he has learned about the daily work carried out in this body.

The minister's agenda in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is completed with visits to the Superior Police Headquarters and the Civil Guard Command.

The Interior Minister has recognized and supported the work of the Security Forces in the control of migratory flows.



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