Photo Credit: TV La Sexta
Photo Credit: TV La Sexta

The Spanish government has announced that it is setting aside some 40 million euros as part of a decree that will be approved within the next six weeks for regions that will voluntarily welcome unaccompanied migrant minors.

The Spanish government will be setting aside 40 million euros for the reception of unaccompanied migrant minors, to be devolved to the regional governments that express the willingness to take them in. The announcement was made by the minister for health, social welfare and consumer affairs Carmen Monton at the end of an inter-regional coordination meeting. 

Monton was quoted by media on Thursday as saying that the allocation will be the focus on a legislative decree that the Socialist government under Pedro Sanchez will be passing over the next six weeks to deal with an emergency with a current 4,100 unaccompanied migrant minors hosted only in the southern region of Andalusia. 

501 people rescued off Andalusia 

Meanwhile, the wave of landings on the Andalusian coasts continues, with a high death rate for migrants trying to reach Europe. The corpses of five people of sub-Saharan origins were recovered during a series of rescue operations on Wednesday. In total, some 501 migrants were rescued in only 24 hours in the Gibraltar Strait and the Alboran Sea. 

The bodies of five people of sub-Saharan origins were found on a large boat that had partially sunk in the Alboran Sea and on which another 51 people had been traveling but were rescued by the Polimnia motorboat. The Polimnia had shortly before rescued 89 other people in the same area, on two boats, and three on a jet ski. 

Council of Europe criticizes Ceuta and Melilla centers 

The Council of Europe has firmly condemned the immediate expulsions at the borders of Ceuta and Melilla and has called for better conditions for migrants hosted in the reception centers of the two Spanish enclaves in Morocco. Spanish authorities must ensure that centers for the temporary hosting of migrants meet the same standards in terms of living conditions, education, healthcare assistance and language and training courses that asylum seekers enjoy in mainland Spain, states a report from the Council of Europe Secretary General's Special Representative on migration and refugees Ambassador Tomas Bocek. 

The report was drawn up after an inspection conducted March 18-24 in migrant centers for temporary stays of the two autonomous cities and in the centers in Valencia and Madrid, all of which are run by the labor and migration ministry. El Pais has said that in the report Bocek highlights the difficulties sub-Saharan migrants have of gaining access to Spain in a legal manner. 

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