Category Archives: Immigration

Open Letter to UK Citizens Living in Spain, from HMA Simon Manley

Given the success of the Spanish State Visit to the UK the week before last, which, among other things, highlighted the importance of people to people links between our two countries, I thought it timely to return to the subject of citizens’ rights in the negotiations on our departure from and future…

Guardia Civil agents sentenced to prison for bribery convictions

A Las Palmas Court has sentenced two Guardia Civil agents to 8 1/2 years in prison each for having been the ring leaders of a group of agents, which included at least 8 others, at the Gran Canaria Airport who were in the habit of systematically requesting bribes from African travellers. The…

28 rescued from patera headed to Canaries

The Salvamento Maritimo, Marine Rescue centre, in Las Palmas coordinated a search

59 migrants rescued, including a baby

The Salvamento Maritimo (Maritime Rescue) managed to save 59 people last Thursday

57 migrants rescued south of Gran Canaria

Maritime Rescue located a group of migrants adrift on Tuesday and brought them to Arguineguín

64 migrants rescued at sea from open boat

A patera (open boat) was located Monday on its way to the Canary Islands 

UK Government ‘Brexit’ webpage

British nationals looking for advice on travelling and living in Europe, following the EU referendum

Newsbrief: Man detained at airport for using false documents after stop off in Las Palmas

Policia Nacional detained an eighteen-year old, of Albanian nationality, and without previous police records, at Gran Canaria airport for an alleged crime of forgery. He identified himself at the airport with a Greek identity card

Major demonstration in refugee solidarity

Demonstrations will be staged in fifty Spanish cities, including Las Palmas, this Sunday & Monday

58 rescued from a small boat adrift

End of a nightmare that lasted more than 24 hours. Maritime Rescue vessel,

Newsbrief: 44 People rescued from a patera adrift south east of Gran Canaria

Salvamento Maritimo vessel the Guardamar Talia rescued 44 people (2 women and 42 men) on Sunday night from a patera located 116 ‘SE from Maspalomas. They were transferred to Arguineguín in Mogán at dawn on Monday. Two migrants were taken

Canary Islands illegal immigration stopover

Policía Nacional have detained members of an illegal immigration network operating

Judge orders jail for 8 rescued migrants

In Maspalomas a court has ordered the imprisonment of 8 sub-saharan migrants, suspected of murder 

42 rescued from an open patera adrift

A Helimer 210 Sea Air Rescue helicopter on Sunday afternoon located a patera (open boat)

Canaries’ warmest January in 55 years

January was unusually warm and very humid throughout mainland Spain and The Canary Islands.

Eligible to vote in the EU Referendum?

British Embassy launches expat awareness campaign If you have been on the electoral roll 

Newsbrief: 26 rescued from an open boat 37 km from Maspalomas

The coastguard Salvamento Maritimo vessel, Guardamar Dalia, has rescued 26 people adrift on an open boat 20 nautical miles SE’ of Maspalomas The search for the patera was launched after information was received about its departure from Cape Boujdour in Western Sahara. 25 men and one woman,

Discover the secrets to a happy life in Spain

Ambassador urges British residents to follow the example of those who are most content.

51 migrants picked up 12 miles off shore

On Saturday night, 5 December, the Esperanza del Mar, a hospital ship from the Instituto Social

60 people rescued from a patera

The Maritime Rescue ship, the Guardamar Talia, has rescued 60 people on a boat, 

One dead and 22 survivors after capsize

One person died and 22 others survived after a patera capsized 237 kilometers (127.9 nautical miles)

Patera with 46 people found at sea

The Salvamento Maritimo (marine rescue) located  a patera (open boat) with 46 people on board

Newsbrief: Patera lands at Tarajalillo beach

A Patera with 14 people on board arrived this morning on the Tarajalillo coastline in San Bartolomé de Tirajana, according to  reports from Red Cross The boat was carrying five possible minors, six men and three women, one of them in a wheelchair. Of these, nine were met on arrival by members…

Patera with 41 people on Maspalomas beach

An open boat with 41 people on board arrived Thursday night onto the beach of Maspalomas

Newsbrief : Patera with 48 people located 30 miles south of GC

A boat with 48 people, including two women, on board was located about 30 miles south of Gran Canaria this morning, its occupants were reportedly all rescued, by the Salvamento Maritimo. The patera departed early this morning from Cape Boujdour, Morocco, and, according to sources, notice of their location was received at…

651 refugee places assigned in Canaries

The Canary Islands has confirmed 651 places to accommodate refugees seeking asylum in Spain.

Newsbrief : Spain taking almost 15000 refugees

Spain will accept the nearly 15,000 refugees that the European Commission has asked they take in as part of the EU quotas announced this week, the government said on Wednesday. Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría confirmed the news, but said there was still no arrival date for the 14,931 asylum…