Spain's "Fragile Tolerance" At Risk As Socialist PM Sees "Obligation To Help" Migrants

With the migrant crisis continuing to peak for Europe's Mediterranean nations, and as it has lately become politically disastrous for others like Germany, resulting in a half-baked quick fix offered by the European Union to pay out 6,000 euros ($7,000) for each migrant a country takes in, statements coming Spain's political leaders suggest its reputed "tolerance" as a country open to migrants is increasingly fragile with resources and infrastructure stretched to the limit

What The Guardian observed earlier this summer now seems to be playing out: though there are happy scenes when migrants finally disembark on Spanish soil, such scenes inevitably "have been followed by the relentless task of coping with new arrivals."

In 2017 Spain witnessed a surge of illegal migration, mostly seaborne, but also at its two tiny North African enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta. Image via Soeren Kern

"Right now we’re seeing double the numbers arriving compared to the same period last year and last year the number was double that of the previous year," David Ortiz, the Red Cross migrant and refugee department head in the southern coastal port city of Málaga, told Politico. "Can we manage the arrival of 300 people? Yes. But if those 300 people arrive on the same day, it gets difficult,” he added. 

While others like Italy and Malta have recently turned away large boats full of hundreds, sparking a feud with EU administration and other countries over closing their ports, Spain's newly in office Socialist prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, has signaled an open-door "welcoming" policy of being ready to accept the EU's call to accept migrants; however a recent surge in seaborne entries could test Spain's "fragile tolerance" past breaking point.  

“It is our obligation to help avoid a humanitarian disaster by offering a safe harbor to these people,” Sánchez said after controversially agreeing to accept the Aquarius in June, an emergency rescue vessel carrying over 600 migrants who had been picked up off the Libyan coast, but which had been rejected by both Italy and Malta, sparking a bitter stand-off within the EU.

As other Mediterranean countries close their ports to unauthorized migrant traffic, western Mediterranean routes have increased, making Spain top the chart in terms of migrant and refugee destination numbers.

According to the U.N.’s International Organization for Migration as of mid-July about 18,600 migrants had reached Spain by sea from Morocco since the beginning of 2018, which is double the number for the same period in 2017.

Via the Gatestone Institute 

Like the EU in its recent roll out of the plan to pay governments for accepting migrants while also funding emergency "transit points" from an EU common budget, it appears Spain is getting ready to merely throw a lot of money at the problem, as Reuters reports Monday

Spain aims to invest 30 million euros ($35.1 million) in an emergency plan to manage its new status as the main destination for seaborne migration from Africa, the government said.

The funds, Reuters explains based on a statement from the Prime Minister's office, "will go toward covering the initial costs of managing arrivals on the beaches, from staff to hand out blankets and food to managing the process of identification and determining whether people qualify for asylum."

A new report in Politico on migrant patterns into Spain notes that so far there's been "relatively little political fallout," but that "the country’s reputation for moderation on the issue of immigration could soon be tested." For example, Francisco Camas García, head of the Spanish polling firm Metroscopia, said based on the pollster's observations, "Spanish society is, overall, a tolerant one, but it’s a fragile tolerance.”

The Politico report observes that Spain has managed to escape the domestic turmoil facing other European nations with the recent years' massive uptick in unauthorized or illegal immigration.

Politico explains:

Even when the economy hit a slump, between 2008 and 2012, immigration rarely featured on the political agenda. While other EU countries have seen the arrival of anti-immigrant parties, the main new political force in Spain most frequently described as “populist” is the leftist Podemos, which advocates a liberal policy on immigration.

But while [sociologist Kiko] Llaneras doesn’t forecast a sudden backlash, he does believe that there is a chance the political mood could shift.

“If you look closely at the data, there is a certain movement regarding people’s attitudes to immigration,” he said. “But it’s something which is latent and no [main] party has yet made an issue of it.”

Meanwhile, Reuters reports that the only significant early push-back against Sanchez's liberalizing immigration policy is the conservative People's Party (PP), which has warned "against creating a 'pull factor' for migrants seeking a better life in Europe."

The "pull factor" recently in action this summer. 

There's also the far-right Vox Party, founded only in 2013 and with no seats and parliament, whose general secretary Javier Ortega recently lashed out, saying "We can’t send out the message: ‘All of Africa, all of Asia, all of Latin America, all of the planet where there are economic problems or security problems, or where there’s a war or a totalitarian regime — come to Spain, we’ll take you in.’”

Various reports have have of late noticed a trend of generally greater acceptance of certain types of migration, notably for example, immigrants from Latin American countries integrate with greater ease. But Moroccans and other North Africans tend not to, as Politico observes, citing Vox Party's Ortega, "With Moroccans currently representing the biggest single nationality arriving in Spain — 40,000 came last year, according to the National Statistics Institute — Ortega is predicting (some would say hoping for) integration problems."

Sanchez’s office responded to the conservative criticism in its statement: “Rather than a pull factor, we could talk about a lack of foresight in the last years of the previous government, which did nothing about increasing arrivals, and obliged this government to take urgent steps,” according to Politico.

The shift toward erecting a migrant transit response infrastructure which could fuel even more seaborne migration, combined with migration routes recently going westward away from Greece and Italy, means Spain is already finding itself as the next epicenter of Europe's migration crisis. 

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And meanwhile, near the southern Spanish town of Zahora just last Saturday...


wildbad MillionDollarButter Tue, 07/31/2018 - 03:00 Permalink

Remember this "urge" dear spanish people! This urge needs to be brought up every time one of your prime ministers' inivited guests dies ahorrible death in the Sudan or on one of George Soros' boats in the Mediterranean sea.


This need to help is the reason those migrants die.  He does not really want to help them. He wants to help his own socialist agenda and be part of the elite in the new world order.

Don't worry, their plan has already failed, there will be no such "order".

Throw HIS commie ass in the Med.

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vato poco css1971 Tue, 07/31/2018 - 04:04 Permalink

you can be mean to the invaders and their globalist enablers by saying "NO" in a harsh, brusque, unpleasant voice ...

or you can kill hundreds of thousands in the inevitable bloody purges to burn them out and drive them into the sea. 

but the important thing is, never ever do anything that might be seen as raciss

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Heros vato poco Tue, 07/31/2018 - 04:12 Permalink

The Spanish "Civil War" never ended, the (((Republicans))), like the Alinskyites in the US, are still lurking around in the shadows.  Just like 80 years ago, They hate Christians and want to destroy them.

Supposedly they have opened up the Spanish Socialized Medical care to "immigrants" now, that will bankrupt the country even faster.  In Malaga, they have set up a big "refugee" processing center on the same docks where the Cruise Liners come it.

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chubbar Adolfsteinbergovitch Tue, 07/31/2018 - 07:04 Permalink

This is a fucking disaster, no different than if a huge earthquake hit and the countries in the EU were without infrastructure for years, except this is self-induced and is happening in slow motion.

If the people of the EU don't rise up and decapitate the administration driving this effort to obliterate the various ethnicities that make up Europe, they are completely doomed to become ruled by Muslims, eventually. They are already taking over whole cities and towns. Soon, Sharia law will become adopted by state edict in large areas and then eventually all of Europe will fall under that law with widespread killing of indigenous people who refuse to comply. Book it, it's coming unless people start walking up behind the Merkels of the world with silenced 22's. There's not a whole lot of time left to reverse this.

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Heros Colonel Klinks Ghost Tue, 07/31/2018 - 04:20 Permalink

I once made the mistake of taking my car on the ferry from Algiceras to Cueta.  I could tell dozens of stories, but when you leave the Spanish enclave and before you enter Customs for Morocco, there is a giant no-mans land there, it is set below some hills about a couple of hundred feet above. 

Those hills were covered with Moroccans and Blacks all over, watching and evaluating the people in the cars below, like feral predators.  Once through customs, you drive through the barriers and there is a flood of swindlers who instantly are on both sides of the car trying to push some scam or another.

It made Tijuana look disneyland.

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chubbar Posa Tue, 07/31/2018 - 07:08 Permalink

That's fucking bullshit. Sure, a lot are coming from countries that the US interfered in, but take a look at that map above. Many are coming from areas in North Africa that the US isn't fucking with. This is mainly about economic migration and Soros is paying them to board ships to immigrate into the EU. He's doing it intentionally and with malice aforethought. How the fuck that asshole is still alive and/or walking free is anyone's guess.

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MusicIsYou Tue, 07/31/2018 - 03:10 Permalink

Well hey Spain at least you are a NATO country, what that means I do not really know. Because in the U.S 56,000 bridges, infrastructure is falling apart, and it looks to me like Spanish infrastructure is falling apart too. Oh wait, I think I know what it means to be NATO, it means elitist families Rob your society while your infrastructure fails. Also being NATO means the Pentagon can lose $trillions because tracking money does not matter when they just print it.

MusicIsYou Tue, 07/31/2018 - 03:19 Permalink

I know what it means to be NATO everybody! It means your country's infrastructure falls apart, (this is what it means to be NATO)  because elitist families are far too busy stealing than to be concerned about 56,000 rotting bridges, or immigrants raping your daughter at the park. That"s NATO in a nutshell.

HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Tue, 07/31/2018 - 03:20 Permalink

Well the globalist NGOs found another weak point. How long before the Spanish wake up and realize they are being invaded? I thought the young people couldn't get a job in Spain because the economy was so bad? And now Spain is going to pay to house, feed, and clothe Nafrican gimmigrants?

Sure. For now.

MusicIsYou Tue, 07/31/2018 - 03:36 Permalink

You'll hear the news say great things about NATO right up until the point that they don't because the new"s network is gone because NATO is gone.

Joe A Tue, 07/31/2018 - 03:52 Permalink

How about Spain giving up these two enclaves? BritBob would agree with me that Spain can't make a claim on Gibraltar while they are having two enclaves in North Africa.

TeraByte Tue, 07/31/2018 - 04:55 Permalink

$ 7000 is peanuts. An accumulated cost is $ 120 000 after five ears living in a host country (Sweden), funding deficit of 113 000 and keeps on rising further, because at least a half of them live on on benefits and never become employed.

An Shrubbery Tue, 07/31/2018 - 06:21 Permalink

"FEELS a responibility to help" people of another nation, but not the people of his own nation. 

 I will help those people by stealing from your grandchildren. 

WTF does he think borders are for in the first place?

Sparehead Tue, 07/31/2018 - 07:21 Permalink

The fences were installed for a reason. The guards are there for a reason. They are armed for a reason. I guess many Western nations will need to collapse for them to remember what those reasons were.

Let it Go Tue, 07/31/2018 - 07:24 Permalink

The debate of what people "deserve" and whether those who have it should share is not new. Whether a person has landed in a place of plenty by luck or worked their way in by cunning or toil it is something to be valued. Borders are a creation of man and men set the rules as to who crosses them and on what terms.

While it may seem unfair to exclude or deny individuals this right we must remember that life is unfair and this is a reality of life. More on an immigrant's right to enter a world of plenty in the article below.

 http://Immigrants Right To Enter A Land Of Plenty.html

dunroamin Tue, 07/31/2018 - 07:41 Permalink

Politicians LOVE an insoluble problem and 3rd world immigration is the mother of them all. They love it because they can take ownership of the problem (instead of solving it) and that goes with a big budget, big staff, power of patronage and lots of boondoggles. It's a wet dream come true for them.


If you thought the global warming / climate change scam was bad, immigration is 1000 times worse.

Idiocracy's Not Sure Idiocracy's Not Sure Tue, 07/31/2018 - 08:22 Permalink

For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence--on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.


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Idiocracy's Not Sure Idiocracy's Not Sure Tue, 07/31/2018 - 08:26 Permalink

Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed. It conducts the Cold War, in short, with a war-time discipline no democracy would ever hope or wish to match.

Nevertheless, every democracy recognizes the necessary restraints of national security--and the question remains whether those restraints need to be more strictly observed if we are to oppose this kind of attack as well as outright invasion

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