Ayuso Criticizes National Government’s Management of Migrant Transfers

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Isabel Díaz Ayuso, the president of the Community of Madrid, has criticized the Spanish central government for its handling of migrant transfers from the Canary Islands. Ayuso alleges that these transfers are being strategically directed to regions and municipalities controlled by the Popular Party (PP), implying that the central government is doing so to gain support from the Canarian Coalition.

Accusations of Political Machinations

Ayuso argues that this tactic sends a troubling message to criminal organizations involved in human trafficking, potentially creating easier opportunities for them to exploit immigration processes. She maintains that the government’s current approach fails to address the underlying causes of immigration, which originate in the migrants’ home countries. Ayuso asserts that the government lacks initiative in seeking appropriate assistance from European authorities.

The Challenges Faced by Local Governments

Ayuso highlights the difficulties faced by local administrations, citing the example of Alcalá de Henares. The lack of information and support from the central government poses challenges for local governments in managing migrant arrivals. This is compounded by the fact that local and regional authorities are responsible for providing healthcare and social services, making them central in handling the influx of migrants and ensuring their well-being.

A Call for Responsible Management of Migration

Ayuso stresses the importance of involving and informing local and regional authorities throughout the process. She advocates for a controlled and responsible approach to managing migration, emphasizing the need for coordination between all levels of government. By doing so, Ayuso believes that the integrity of the immigration process can be preserved, preventing exploitation by criminal organizations, and addressing the needs and concerns of the migrants themselves.