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‘The refugee crisis of 2015 threatens to repeat itself’

More and more “asylum seekers” from Africa are flooding into the Canary Islands illegally. Some 192 boats, carrying 23 000 migrants, landed there in 2020 – seven times more than in 2019. At the end of this year, a massive increase will be registered.

Published: August 13, 2021, 2:27 pm

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    According to a report, the Africans that reached Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and El Hierro were either picked up in the waters of the Canary Islands, or even kilometers away by Spanish NGO ships. Curiously, the extent to which the incomers had been in distress at sea was not disclosed.

    With the influx, attacks by “people seeking protection” have increased. In some municipalities, the situation is like a “powder keg”, writes the Madrid newspaper El País. But mainstream media have provided no information about the disastrous situation. When reports about mass immigration are presented, journalists are not worried about the welfare of the locals, but only worried about the supposed “right of asylum” of the “refugees”.

    NGOs as “escape helpers”

    Illegal immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa have travelled to the Spanish archipelago especially in the last quarter of last year. In 2020, the vast majority of “refugees” landed in September, October and November: almost 21 000.

    In the first seven months of 2021 alone, around 7500 new African immigrants were registered in the Canary Islands, which is 160 percent more than in the previous year. In mid-July, 223 Africans – most of them Senegalese – set off from Morocco on a sea voyage to the Canary Islands in one day and in a flotilla of five boats. Fuerteventura is about 100 kilometers away from the African continent. Some of the illegals, who mostly start in the southernmost and westernmost cities of Morocco, eventually reached EU territory without the help of the NGO “rescuers”.

    A larger proportion of Africans have been picked up in the waters off the Canary Islands by ships of the Spanish coast guard. And tellingly, it is not known how many of the illegals had been ‘in distress at sea”.

    Very often ships of NGOs transport those “seeking refuge” into Canarian waters, with old boats being carried in tow. Once in Spanish territorial waters, the NGO refugee helpers tell the “refugees” to transfer to the old vessels again. Then the NGO ship quickly sails away while signalling to the Spanish coastal authorities that shipwrecked people are near the islands. Their expectation that the Spanish coast guard will quickly do everything in their power to rescue the “boat refugees” is always met too. The illegals are then transported to one of the Canary Islands.

    Fear of foreign infiltration and assault

    It is not uncommon for knife fights and mass brawls to occur in the Canaries. “In parts of the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana on Gran Canaria, the mood when it comes to migration is highly explosive”.

    There are obviously not enough police patrols  and the Spanish media report very rarely – if at all – on the violence in which a Spaniard was stabbed to death this year. Several locals were also seriously injured. “The Police warn of the risk of ghettos forming in the Canary Islands: ‘There is a lack of troops,’” reported OK Diario, on January 19, 2021.

    In March this year, four young people of Maghreb origin gang-raped a 36-year-old Irish woman in a park in Puerto Rico, in the municipality of Mogán . The victim had approached them to sympathize with their situation in the park area of ​​Agua La Perra.

    Residents of El Salobre and the surrounding area are meanwhile trying to “protect their property”, they “are being let down by the state”. Since the migrants moved into a camp there, the local citizens have not been able to sleep. The situation with alleged or actual minors “seeking protection” is often at the root of the problem. “Almost around the clock, some of these Africans roam the streets and climb over the fences of private houses and farms with the intention of stealing,” reported the online portal.

    Young immigrants evidently lack respect for the human rights of especially older people and women. The respect seems “to have been forgotten with the passport in Africa”. The same bold formulations are never used in the mainstream media in Spanish.

    Germans worry about the “refugees”

    The Spiegel reported in June that the number of “refugees” in the Canary Islands had doubled. The German magazine does not, of course, describe the fears expressed by many local Spaniards. Rather, Der Spiegel is very worried about those “seeking protection” while the non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch spoke of “serious concerns” about “whether the right to asylum would be respected” by the locals.

    The German public service Deutsche Welle (DW) is also very concerned about black immigrants. It reported that most of the immigrants were eager to reach mainland Spain, which is around 1000 kilometers away from the Canary Islands. The long-term goal of many immigrants is ultimately Germany, where the most attractive social benefits of the state beckon.

    Allegedly, according to DW, the Spanish government is trying to prevent African migrants in the Canary Islands from continuing their journey to the Spanish motherland – because “that plays into the hands of smugglers’ networks”. But DW can rest assured because a Spanish court ruled in May that this “blockade” of illegals was unlawful. The government in Madrid has appealed the court ruling. In Spain, as in Germany and France, courts are very often positioned to the left in terms of legal policy.

    Not only entering EU from the south

    Germany is not only being flooded with illegals making the journey from the south. The two AfD members of the Bundestag Siegbert Droese and Paul Podolay are currently visiting Lithuania to find out about the situation in the Lithuanian-Belarusian border area.

    They reported on their findings: “During our visit to the EU’s external border in Lithuania, we discovered that over 4100 migrants, predominantly Iraqi, but also Syrians, were waiting for their asylum procedures to be completed in Lithuania. The local authorities cannot rule out the possibility that there will be more people in Belarus for the purpose of crossing the border.

    “After discussions with migrants in a reception center, one thing is certain: the migrants’ destination is Germany in almost all cases. With a view to the crisis in Afghanistan, the failure of the long overdue Dublin reform is currently taking its toll. The refugee crisis of 2015 threatens to repeat itself.”

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