Migrants upon their arrival at the port in Arrecife, Lanzarote island, Canary Islands, Spain | Photo: ARCHIVE/EPA/ADRIEL PERDOMO
Migrants upon their arrival at the port in Arrecife, Lanzarote island, Canary Islands, Spain | Photo: ARCHIVE/EPA/ADRIEL PERDOMO

Two Spanish NGOs have denounced that a young Ivorian has been expelled from Spain and sent to Morocco, "a country of which he is not a citizen and with which he has no personal connections." The migrant asked the NGOs for help because he fears Morocco could be a dangerous country for him, the organizations said.

Two Spanish NGOs, Coordinadora de Barrios and Caminando Fronteras, have denounced the case of a 23-year-old Ivorian man who was expelled from Spain and sent to Morocco.

Protocols that are part of bilateral agreements between the two countries on the matter "were not respected," the NGOs denounced.

The young man was sent to "a country of which he is not a citizen and with which he has no personal connections," the organizations said in a statement.

'I fear Morocco is not a safe country for us'

L. S. (as the man has been identified) reached the Canary Islands on a boat some two months ago, according to Spanish news agency Efe.

On Wednesday (September 7) the man was warned by Spanish authorities that he would be expelled and sent to Morocco, with the agreement of Ivorian authorities, the NGOs said.

"Police informed me that they couldn't send me back to my country," the young man told activists from the NGOs.

"I could see the ticket on the table, it said Casablanca. I fear Morocco is not a safe place for us," he was quoted as saying. Shortly after departure, a court suspended the expulsion

On the night of September 8, the youth was taken to the North African country by plane. Shortly after takeoff, a Spanish court issued an order saying the expulsion was suspended as a precautionary measure to allow a more in-depth evaluation of the case.

According to the press release denouncing the case, Spain allegedly failed to respect the rights of the Ivorian citizen to receive adequate legal assistance, forcing him to deal with a situation of potential danger.

"National police always treats this type of cases by abiding to legally established procedures and scrupulously respecting the rights of the affected person recognized by our legal system," the Spanish interior minister has told ANSA.

 

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