Fight against people smugglers 

HELP: Spanish Coastguard rescued 50,000 people.  Credit: Salvamento Maritimo 

THIRTY EIGHT gangs of people smugglers have been broken up so far this year. 

National Police and Guardia Civil have worked closely with Moroccan aiuthorities to help combat illegal migration, with much success. 

This was the message given when the delegate of the Government of Spain in Andalusia, Lucrecio Fernandez and vice president of the Junta de Andalucia regional governmenJuan Marin visited Malaga’s migrant reception centre. 

Fernandez told journalists that the fight against people smuggling mafias is one of the three pillars of Spanish migration policy. 

The other two are the increase in material and human resources for rescues at sea and for “dignified” humanitarian attention in the ports where they are disembarked. 

He added that Salvamento Marítimo (Coast Guard) has 750 professionals who in the last year and a half have rescued more than 50,000 people. 

Thirdly, he highlighted Spain’s collaboration with the countries of origin of immigrants and transit countries, highlighting the release of EU funds to Morocco for the fight against illegal immigration. Fernandez recalled that 2018 saw a 50 per cent drop in illegal arrivals, but warned that the problem is a permanent one, so the Government must plan for future waves of arrivals. 

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