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Alicante, May 22 . .- The fourteen migrants who arrived on the coasts of Alicante and Villajoyosa in two boats yesterday, Thursday, have rejected their transfer to a temporary care center for foreigners (CATE) located in the city of Chiclana ( Cádiz), as confirmed by Efe sources from the Red Cross, organization that manages this center.
The fourteen men, twelve of Syrian nationality and two Algerians, have accepted their right to freedom of transit and have rejected their transfer to the Andalusian town, which they were going to do on a bus chartered and paid for by the Red Cross.
After spending the night in the custody of the National Police in dependencies of the Alicante Central Police Station, they have finally decided to stay with the argument that they have a place in the residences of family and friends, as they have commented when they left the police station.
In any case, they have been warned that the current state of alarm restricts the mobility of all citizens, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The regulations issued during the state of alarm are those that have made it impossible to transfer these people to the Center for Internment of Foreigners (CIE) in València, which would have been their destination under normal conditions, since this type of facility is closed.
The fourteen migrants arrived in two groups on the Alicante coast. In a first boat, twelve men with Syrian documentation and another of Algerian origin arrived at the Postiguet beach in Alicante.
The second boat was found yesterday in the vicinity of a fish farm in Villajoyosa, with no crew on board, although one of its passengers was later intercepted, who claimed to be also Algerian.
Salvamento Marítimo has located another boat today, 22 miles off the coast of Alicante, with fifteen people on board, all male, one of whom claims to be a minor.