- Title: Spanish warship with migrants arrives in Spain after Italy row
- Date: 30th August 2019
- Summary: SAN ROQUE, SPAIN (AUGUST 30, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SPANISH WARSHIP 'AUDAZ' ARRIVING AT CRINAVIS HARBOUR MAN PULLING SHIP ROPE AND TYING IT AT DOCK AUDAZ DOCKING RAMP BEING PLACED DOWN ON SHORE WARSHIP COMMANDER DISEMBARKING AND BEING GREETED BY POLICE OFFICIALS VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS DISEMBARKING POLICE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES INDICATING TO MIGRANT WHERE TO GO, MIGRANT WALKING TOWARDS EMERGENCY SERVICES BUS AND BOARDING VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS DISEMBARKING AND WALKING TOWARDS BUS WOMAN MIGRANT DRESSED IN BLUE DISEMBARKING, WAVING GOOD-BYE IN DIRECTION OF SHIP AND WALKING TOWARDS BUS WOMAN MIGRANT DRESSED IN BLUE BOARDING BUS POLICE STANDING BY EMERGENCY SERVICES VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS CARRYING THEIR BAGS, WALKING OUT AFTER MEDICAL CHECK ON BUS POLICE
- Embargoed: 13th September 2019 10:09
- Keywords: rescued migrants Spanish warship Algeciras port Spain Italy Open Arms Audaz
- Location: SAN ROQUE, SPAIN
- City: SAN ROQUE, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Asylum/Immigration/Refugees,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001AUETLJB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:A group of 15 rescued migrants arrived in Spain on board a Spanish warship on Friday (August 30) after Italy refused to allow the rescue vessel that had picked them up in the Mediterranean Sea to dock at an Italian port.
Reuters witnesses saw the migrants, part of a larger group of over 100 people rescued by Spanish-registered boat Open Arms and then stranded off Italy for three weeks, walk ashore in the port of San Roque in southwest Spain and board a bus under police escort.
The 15 migrants - 14 men and a woman - will undergo health checks and will be granted provisional permits until their asylum applications have been resolved, Spain's government said in a statement.
Madrid dispatched the ship last week to pick up the migrants, all of them Africans, after five EU countries agreed to take them in following a prolonged standoff between the Open Arms and Italian authorities.
Italy's outgoing far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has banned ships carrying illegal migrants from docking at Italian ports in an attempt to stem the flow of people trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe from north Africa.
Rights group Amnesty International said this week the Open Arms saga - one of a number of similar cases - underlined Europe's failure to come to grips with the migration crisis.
The handling of the issue by Spain's caretaker Socialist government drew criticism at home during a special parliamentary session on Thursday. Some parties rapped the government for accepting the migrants and others for not doing so more quickly.
(Production: Mariano Valladolid, Miguel Gutierrez)
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