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​Red Cross in Lanzarote Needs More Help to Support Migrants

Red Cross in Lanzarote Needs More Help to Support Migrants

The President of the Red Cross in Lanzarote, Maria del Mar Romero, this week highlighted the ‘fatigue’ that was now showing by the Red Cross volunteers who serve as the team of immediate response to the increasing arrival of migrant boats on the island.

Romero has asked for ‘a little more help’ given that the Red Cross in Lanzarote currently provides this service with 23 local people, which is now insufficient for the number of boats that are arriving.

The Government of Lanzarote has now issued a Humanitarian Emergency Situation due to the overflow of available resources for the reception and accommodation of more than 100 unaccompanied migrant children who have recently arrived on the island.

The President of Lanzarote Government, Pedro San Gines said that central government had not complied with the request of the Lanzarote Government and the Government of the Canary Islands to accommodate these children in the Marques de Herrera Military Barracks in Arrecife.

Therefore, all unaccompanied children are distributed in tents in a provisional emergency camp installed in the town of Yaiza, in some homes supervised by the Social Welfare Ministry and in the Nature Classroom of Maguez.

However, an agreement has been reached with El Alberque de La Santa, which has capacity for about 120 people and was used between 2004 and 2006 during the previous migration crisis, where unaccompanied migrant children could be accommodated, once the current users of this property are evicted.

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