US News In the Canaries, migrants frowned upon by a tourist sector in the midst of doldrums

01:20  26 november  2020
01:20  26 november  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

"The quay of shame", symbol of a new migration crisis in the Canary Islands

 © Twitter Screenshots of videos showing migrants crammed into a quay in the port of Arguineguín, in the Canary Islands. Hundreds of people crammed on a quay, sleeping on the ground, against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic: videos recently posted on social networks show the deleterious conditions in which migrants arriving on the Canary Islands are welcomed.

More migrants arrived in the first two weeks of November - 5,275 - than in the last four years combined, according to data from the Spanish government. The islands have taken in 16,950 migrants this year, the highest number since 2006.

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  Aux Canaries, les migrants mal vus par un secteur touristique en plein marasme © Provided by Le Point

"This gives a bad image", accuses Miguel Gonzalez, owner of a bar. While the Canaries are trying to save what can be saved from their tourist season, the arrival of thousands of migrants, some of whom are staying in hotels, is creating tensions.

"One of my clients is going to file a complaint against his travel agency. They had not told him that Puerto Rico (seaside resort on the island of Gran Canaria) was full of migrants. He was once at the beach and he There were groups of 15-20 (migrants) without masks. He didn't come out (from his hotel) and decided to leave, "he says.

At this time of year, the peak tourist season in the Canaries, Puerto Rico normally welcomes up to 25,000 vacationers, especially Scandinavians.

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But currently, the seaside resort is empty of tourists. In their place in hotels, 1,500 migrants.

Since the start of the year, more than 18,000 migrants have made the crossing from the north-western coasts of Africa opposite the Canaries. A situation reminiscent of 2006 when 30,000 migrants landed in the Canaries.

Overwhelmed by this influx, the authorities have set up temporary camps and are relocating migrants to hotels.

For tourism professionals, pillar of the archipelago's economy, this new migratory crisis falls very badly when the sector has been devastated by the pandemic and relied heavily on a rebound this fall.

According to official figures, the number of overnight stays in the archipelago fell 86.7% in October over one year, to 1.1 million.

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Many migrant workers live in packed dormitories on the outskirts of the city. The group compared the lockdown with situations on cruise ships in which cases multiplied uncontrollably even when passengers The shopping center is popular among migrant workers, local residents and tourists .

"Tense" atmosphere

"It's painful, there are 40 people (on the beach) whereas usually at the same time, you don't even see the sand", laments Carmelo Suárez, car rental company and spokesperson for a tourism defense platform which is organizing a demonstration on Friday.

"We are not against immigration but we need specific sites. If a person spends his savings to come, he does not want to share his hotel with a migrant," he denounces.

In Puerto Rico, where open shops are rare, hundreds of young migrants are killing time on the beach or in parks. Others wait around a Western Union agency.

Eliazar Hernández, waiter at the Balcon Canario restaurant, says the atmosphere "is very tense" and that one of his German customers told him to "return to Germany" after four days because of the presence of migrants.

In recent weeks, several demonstrations have taken place in the archipelago against migrants but also in defense of their rights.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the tourism industry due to the resulting travel restrictions as well as slump in demand among travelers.

But in the early hours of 12 May - just 200km from their village - a truck rammed into the tuk-tuk from behind. Sanju and Nandini died on the spot. Instead, inspired by the migrants walking home they saw on the television, they packed small bags and began the journey on foot with four friends.

On the seafront, where the thermometer reads 25 degrees, three Scandinavian pensioners, bare chests, pass by a group of young Senegalese migrants, dressed in hooded sweatshirts and recounting their dangerous crossing to journalists.

"I don't like it, we are on a small island," said a British tourist passing in front of them, refusing to give her name.

Met in another part of the seaside resort, the Swede David Gustaffson has nothing to complain about. “I came to spend a week, my family asks me about the refugees, they saw it on television,” but “I didn't see any here,” he said, drinking a beer.

"I want to stay here"

Close to the group of young Senegalese, the huge restaurant Terraza Gran Canaria, which usually employs 60 people, is closed. Three of its employees display signs on the storefront. On one of them is a grave with the words "RIP restoration".

"The tourists cancel their holidays, they are afraid and do not come", regrets one of them, Benaisa Mohamed, from the Spanish enclave of Melilla located in the north of Morocco. One of his colleagues, Jimmy Camara, is from Sierra Leone.

"We are all immigrants but leave them like that, free, in the street ....", he adds.

On the beach, Aliou Gueye, a 17-year-old Senegalese, plays football with other young people. "I want to stay here, I like it and I'm learning Spanish," he says.

25/11/2020 20:37:22 - Puerto Rico (Spain) (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

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