The solution to the delicate situation in which there are more than a thousand ore in Ceuta since the massive assault ordered in May by Morocco it cannot be delayed any longer.
The situation is unsustainable for the menas, who live in “subhuman” settlements, in the words of the president of Ceuta himself, Juan Jesus Alive. But also for the city, which cannot be required to take care of the approximately 1,200 minors who remain in it on its own.
Ceuta, a city of 85,000 inhabitants, does not have the necessary resources to take in all these minors. It is enough to enlarge the photograph to gauge the magnitude of the nonsense. How is it possible to explain that 10% of the ore that are in Spain today (approximately 12,000 in total) are housed in a territory that is home to only 0.2% of the Spanish population?
Beyond the looming judicial problem for the Minister of the Interior Fernando Grande-Marlaska for him assisted return of minors, it is urgent to respond to a problem that Ceuta copes with as best it can, but already on the verge of collapse. There are already almost a hundred, for example, minors who have fled from reception centers and who are tracked.
These minors arrived in Spain deceived by their Government, which manipulated them by talking about the possibility of attending a match of Cristiano Ronaldo. And they are refusing to return to their country as part of a collective strategy in which the associations that have filed an appeal before the National Court against their repatriation are collaborating, consciously or unconsciously.
Repatriation or distribution
As we explain in this newspaper, current legislation requires a detailed administrative file for each ore. Something unfeasible that would delay a process that requires agility for months. The repatriation is also being carried out based on a special agreement with Morocco that allows the immediate return of these ores.
The request for information from the National Court to Fernando Grande-Marlaska on the returns of unaccompanied minors to Morocco has once again put the Interior Minister on the ropes. But it has also condemned almost 1,200 minors living in improper conditions to drift.
The options are only two.
Or the children are repatriated, within the law and within the parameters agreed between the new Foreign Minister, Jose Manuel Albares, and the Alawite monarchy (the Mohamed VI gave order to his foreign minister, Naser Burita, and the Interior, Abdelouai Laftit, that they definitively resolve the situation of these minors).
Or they are distributed throughout the national territory. For example, in those municipalities, such as Barcelona or Palma, which have offered to host Afghan refugees and that with total security they will not put the slightest objection to the reception of those few hundred menas.
The objective is that Ceuta does not have to pay alone (and only because of its obvious geographical vulnerability) for the excesses and tactics of Rabat.
The fact that the men who entered our country illegally did not do so as a result of a personal decision to emigrate for economic reasons cannot be ignored, but rather used as instruments of diplomatic warfare by Morocco. A country that uses the opening of borders as a tool of pressure against Spain.
The Spanish courts, in short, should take this factor into account and not interpret the situation as a simple humanitarian crisis. Which is not at all, at least in its origin. Because those minors they do not flee from a war or the political persecution of their government.
Nor is it understood, in this context, that Podemos makes it even more difficult for its partner in the Government to resolve the problem. An attitude that, whether or not driven by naivety, makes him an accomplice of a strategy denounced by all European humanitarian organizations, as well as by the European Parliament.
The Ceuta crisis It is not solved with good intentions, but with practical and sensible decisions. Where the men cannot stay is in Ceuta. It is pure common sense.