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Valencia prepares to receive the passage of the ' Aquarius '

A joint Commission profiles the refugee device

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Valencia prepares to receive the passage of the ' Aquarius '

"The Valencian authorities have welcome device prepared for a long time and I hope that idea will also be welcomed by 11 communities that once signed a manifesto expressing ir desire to host refugees," said Monday The Vice-President of Valencian Government, Mónica Oltra, just know decision of President Pedro Sánchez that Aquarius, where more than 600 immigrants travel, would eventually arrive at port of Valencia.

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The Valencian Community already organized in 2015 a host for refugees, but Spanish government, which n directed Mariano Rajoy, rejected initiative. The Valencian Executive, presided by socialist Ximo Puig, has already contacted Valencian Port Authority and solidarity entities and migrants who will collaborate in host system.

This Tuesday is called Joint Commission for Care and reception of refugees and forcibly displaced persons, to coordinate arrival in capital of ship. The Commission is formed by Ministries of Health, education and equality and inclusive policies; The Valencian Federation of Municipalities and Provinces, deputies, Universitat de València; and or non-governmental entities such as Accem, Cepaim, Cear, Caritas, UNHCR and Red Cross.

The arrival of 629 people aboard Aquarius will mobilize a network of humanitarian aid organizations and assistance from migrants and refugees who are already working at limit of ir resources. The protocols and host device are still unclear and will be profiled on Tuesday.

Estrella Galán, general secretary of Cear, Spanish Refugee Assistance Commission, has held this Monday decision to welcome refugees "as an emergency measure". Galán has warned, however, that " necessary sanitary and social measures must be considered, as well as provision of more seats." UNHCR, UN refugee agency, has also welcomed gesture of government of Pedro Sánchez, although it has recalled need to launch a national plan to respond adequately to arrivals by sea of immigrants and refugees. "In last two years we are seeing an increase in number of arrivals that has not been accompanied by a proportional increase in resources," said a spokesperson.

The limitations of migrants ' reception system have been revealed in recent weeks in Andalusia with arrival of 3,400 immigrants on ir shores alone in month of May — one number almost doubled in previous year —. Police stations, CIE and reception centres have been overwhelmed and dozens of immigrants have been left to ir own devices.


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