Photo: Puertos de Tenerife.
A cayuco with 195 on board has arrived this morning at Los Cristianos. Emergency services and the Ports Authorities say that among the adult male occupants there was a baby and at least 15 children. The craft reached the harbour under its own steam while other craft have meanwhile been arriving at other islands in the archipelago through the morning. There is no clear information as yet as to their state of health but no reports of any urgent treatment needed.
They will all be dealt with according to official procedures to ascertain their origin and any asylum claims, but the picture is increasingly one of intense pressure and the occupants of these craft now appear to have started being accommodated in apartment complexes in south Tenerife while they are being processed. From unconfirmed reports, it appears that Granada Park in Los Cristianos is one such community where there is increasing tension between residents and immigrants.
It has been acknowledged for some time that these desperate people are housed in hotels in Santa Cruz, the Pelinor in the Plaza de Candelaria is one such, and now it seems that the numbers are such that the occupants of the craft arriving in the south are housed here for lack of space in the north or metropolitan area. As public unease increases, however, the authorities are at pains to stress that the new arrivals are not there “on holiday”, and that they aren’t able to use facilities that guests use. This is perhaps similar to placing benefits claimants in B&B in the UK, now widely accepted as anything but a holiday for those in need.