"We also ask that the CIE of Murcia be enabled as a reception center for immigrants, expanding social, psychological, educational and legal resources"
Because of its geographical location, Spain is the arrival point of migratory flows from Africa, with the Murcia coast receiving people fleeing from poverty and hunger, from armed conflicts or from repression.
That this year has exceeded the number of arrivals of the previous two years together, highlights the failure of the European Union's migration policy, based on border control, in walls and concertinas, in Detention Centers for Foreigners (CIE) and in deportations.
To this must be added the absence of guarantees of rights to those who risk their lives crossing the Mediterranean.
A CIE awaits them on the ground, and if it overflows, as it has recently happened in our Region, they are sent to jail, even if it does not meet the minimum conditions.
As a result, people who have not committed any crime are deprived of liberty.
"These days we have witnessed the unfortunate statements of the new government delegate, Francisco Bernabé, who called the arrival of migrants on our coasts a" coordinated attack and assault ", we can not forget that, according to the Spanish Commission for Refugee Aid, In the last century, more than 40,000 people have died trying to reach the European coasts.That is why, the use of these terms to qualify the arrival of human beings who risk their lives because in their countries of origin they do not have possibilities to live with dignity, or even survive, has already been rejected by social groups and by various political groups. "
In the context of a Europe in which hate speech and racism are driving the rise of the extreme right, it is not acceptable that a public office make such comments about those fleeing extreme poverty, repression and some cases of death.
The humanitarian crisis we are experiencing will not be solved by putting bigger concertinas or higher walls.
It requires a reformulation of migration policy focused on the causes of migratory movements and based on rights.
"For all these reasons, we will urge the Regional Government to take action in the face of the humanitarian crisis we are experiencing, prioritizing respect for Human Rights and we will ask that the CIE of Murcia be enabled as a reception center for immigrants, expanding social, psychological, We will also urge the Central Government and the European Parliament to promote a change in migration policies, since the failure of the current system is more than proven. "