Motril’s Syrian Refugees

It was announced that on Friday the 23rd Motril would welcome seven Syrian refugees, all of whom are non-accompanied minors from refugee camps in Greece.

The whereabouts of the parents of these minors, aged between 14 and 17, varies; some are still in refugee camps in Greece whilst other parents are reported as missing in Damascus.

The Prime Minister of the Junta, Susana Díaz, would be present because this move would make Andalucía the first autonomous region in Spain to take in non-accompanied, refugee children.

In a press release on Thursday the 22nd, she had pointed out that they had been ready for several months with all preparations in place but the reception had been delayed by bureaucratic red-tape holds up from the Central Government end.

Furthermore, the Junta has offered Ministry of the Interior a total of 24 places at the Centro de la Fundación SAMU de Motril so that minors can be transferred from Greece and Italy.

It is has become a point of embarrassment for the caretaker Central Government that of the commitment made before the EU to receive 16,000 refugees here in Spain, only 470 have actually made it past the alleged bureaucratic obstacles put in place by the Ministry of the Interior. The Ministry says that it hopes to accept 586 in total before the end of 2017…

Editorial note: As there has been no further news on their arrival – certainly any photos of an event that would attract a lot of media interest, we can only assume that this arrival was delayed.

(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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