Cayuco spotted off Güímar brought into Santa Cruz as Canarian Government says islands cannot become another Lesbos or Lampedusa

A cayuco that was spotted this morning off the Güímar coast this morning has been transferred by the Coastguard to Santa Cruz harbour where it was received by the Guardia Civil. Emergency services say that the 31 on board were assisted at the harbour.

The number of these craft has increased fivefold this year, it seems, and only today the Canarian Government Budget, Treasury and Europe minister, Román Rodríguez, called on the national Government and EU to fulfill their obligations to deal with the migrants, and said that the regional authorities were not going to allow the Canaries to become another Lesbos or Lampedusa. The Canarian Government, indeed, has asked Madrid to get on with referring immigrants from the islands to reception centres in the mainland to guarantee the rights of the immigrants which are endangered through sheer force of numbers and the limited resources for holding them in the Canaries while their immigration status is assessed and any asylum claims are processed.

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