Internment centre plan sparks anger

Government admits it has no more space to hold newly arrived migrants

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There is strong opposition to the opening of an internment centre in the province

By David Jackson

Plans to locate a new foreigner internment centre (CIE) in either Almería city or Granada province have aroused anger from associations opposed to what they claim are “illegal prisons”.

Government representative Antonio Sanz last week revealed the plans after it was confirmed that the province had no places left to put recently arrived migrants. Spain has seven CIEs where migrants can be held almost indefinitely until their application for refugee status can be processed. A CIE in Málaga city was closed down in 2012 after evidence of abuse against migrants held there was uncovered by a national newspaper.

On Sunday (July 23) alone a total of 44 migrants were rescued off the coast.

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