Spain Calls for European Support, Shuns Criticism

“Immigration: ‘don’t criticize, give us funds,’ Spain tells Europe,” from ANSAmed:

The European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom asked Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Dias for clarification regarding the expulsion of Sub-Saharan migrants at the Ceuta and Morocco border during which 15 people died last February 12. The two met in Brussels, before the meeting of the 28 European Union (EU) ministers about the migratory pressure toward the EU member countries.

Spain told the EU it is not responsible for the 15 drowning deaths of migrants trying to force their way into Ceuta, its enclave on Moroccan soil, on February 6. This came after EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem on Twitter called the Spanish Guardia Civil’s intervention at the border that day ”imprudent” and ‘inadequate”. Internal Affairs Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz told Malmstrom that Spain is ”disappointed” in her statement and in the fact she chose to make it via Twitter and not through institutional channels. ”Our security forces acted only to dissuade, so much so that 23 migrants did manage to cross the border”, Fernandez Diaz told the commissioner. He also called on the EU to allocate 45 million euros in emergency aid for its enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, which are under ”strong migratory pressure”, the minister added. ”The immigrants are trying to enter our territory, and therefore Europe, for economic reasons only”, Fernandez Diaz said. ”Of the thousands we turned back at the border last year, just 41 people requested political asylum”. Spain faces the presence of 30,000 Sub-Saharans that are waiting to enter its territory from Morocco, according to a report circulated by the Spanish interior ministry…

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