Surprise on the Beach

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
By Martin Myall

MOT Torrenueva Immigrant Landing 02Bathers on a Torrenueva beach yesterday afternoon were surprised to see a RIB approaching the shore crammed with illegal immigrants.

About 20 individuals landed their RIB on Playa de La Joya and ran across the beach to find somewhere to hide as the police wouldn’t be far behind.

The Guardia Civil had been alerted, who in turn passed the info to the Policía Nacional to handle.

Eighteen of the passengers were tracked down and captured, amongst them the helmsman, who will facing a stiff prison sentence for people smuggling.

Editorial comment: there is always haggling over the terminology used to described people arriving in this fashion. The fact is that they have entered the country illegally therefore the adjective that you are going to use is “illegal.” As for the noun, migrants migrate and immigrant emigrate. Refugees seek shelter; permanent or temporal. The RIB contained immigrants; i.e., those wishing to find a home in Europe, be it for economical reasons or because it was not safe in their own country – either way, they’re immigrants.

Una patera sorprende a los bañistas en la playa de La Joya de Motril
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(News: Torrenueva, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia – Photo: frame from video)

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2 Responses to “Surprise on the Beach”

  1. Well, Brits are immigrants if they live and work here and if one arrives by jumping off a fishing boat and swimming to shore, then I guess he is an illegal immigrant because he entered the country illegally. Not sure what the procedure is if you arrive at a Spanish port or marina in a yacht?

    #13814
  2. Tom Richards

    Are they not ex-pats as well? Or is that term solely reserved for British ‘immigrants’?

    #13813

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