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The transfer from Barajas to a CIE of migrants who have requested asylum after stopping in Madrid begins

Police Unions discredit the "occurrence" because the detention center does not have a risk assessment to guarantee security.

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The transfer from Barajas to a CIE of migrants who have requested asylum after stopping in Madrid begins

Police Unions discredit the "occurrence" because the detention center does not have a risk assessment to guarantee security


The Ministry of the Interior has ordered the transfer under police custody to the Aluche Foreigners Internment Center (CIE) of some of the migrants who have requested international protection when stopping at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport, following the procedure with judicial authorization.

Sources from the Ministry of the Interior consulted by Europa Press have indicated that they contemplate the transfer to the CIE of migrants from African countries, although clarifying that this requires the relevant judicial authorization on a case-by-case basis. For their part, legal sources emphasize that such judicial supervision concerns only cases of inadmissibility.

According to police union calculations, in the three rooms of Barajas there are about 370 asylum-seeking migrants, including four who are not admitted. These sources indicate that these four people would be transferred to the CIE offices in Aluche, remaining there under police custody.

The law provides that confinement in a CIE is maintained for the time essential for the purposes of the file, its maximum duration being 60 days, without a new confinement being agreed upon for any of the causes provided for in the same file.

In a statement, the JUPOL union has denounced the "repeated improvisation" and "occurrences" of the Government on issues related to irregular immigration when transferring migrants from Barajas to the CIE in Aluche, since this facility "lacks the necessary means for the custody of these people."

Specifically, it warns that the Aluche CIE does not have an occupational risk assessment after carrying out some works, nor have "emergency drills been carried out to guarantee the safety of both the inmates and the agents who provide service. in the same".

In this sense, he has referred to the situation in Barajas to censure the "lack of protocols, safety and hygiene measures and the need to implement transit visas."

Unions such as SUP and CEP have been denouncing the "absolute inaction" of AENA and the Red Cross for weeks regarding the maintenance of the Barajas asylum rooms and pointing fingers at the Ministries of the Interior and Foreign Affairs, the latter for not demanding visas from transit to cut the number of arrivals.

The SUP, specifically, reported this Wednesday a new escape attempt using a butron in a false ceiling of a bathroom. The union maintains that the lack of response from organizations such as AENA, the Red Cross and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the Interior to the unhealthy conditions in which migrants are in Barajas is a "national shame."

The police unions have recorded at least 26 escapes since they began to denounce the situation in Barajas last December: nine fled due to a butrón and another 17 - one was injured and could not escape - after the breaking of a glass in a window.

Sources from the Ministry of the Interior consulted this Tuesday by Europa Press reported that they had ordered to "speed up" the processing of applications for international protection, counting 847 files processed by the Office of Asylum and Refuge (OAR) between December 1 and 15. from January. They also pointed out that the cleaning of the rooms had been "reinforced" with their own means.

Since December, police unions have been denouncing the "overcrowding" of hundreds of people from African countries, who take advantage of the transit in the capital to ask for protection in Spain. They talk about migrants who sometimes travel along the runways, with a risk to their safety, or who scale physical barriers to access national territory.

The Ombudsman, Ángel Gabilondo, met yesterday with the Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, to whom he requested decent conditions for asylum seekers. In December three judges sent requests to attend to the migrants and, asked about this issue on January 4, Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska said that measures had already been taken to address what he described as a "specific" problem.

Among the news, the police unions add that since this week there are also thirty bunk beds in one of the rooms, which are occupied by women and children, although they are insufficient given the number of people - 370, according to figures from the unions of the 16th. of January-- who are waiting at the facilities and continue arriving on other flights to the Madrid airport.

The Ministry headed by Fernando Grande-Marlaska insists that the Police "guarantee at all times the security of the different rooms where migrants remain." This week he detailed that two new offices had been set up to conduct interviews and a third room had been opened to serve applicants, in addition to increasing the number of personnel from both the Police and the OAR.