19th August 2019
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Catalan government offers port to welcome 49 refugees

The Catalan government has offered ports in Catalonia to welcome the 49 immigrants and refugees who have been at sea for over two weeks, waiting to be accepted.

There are 32 and 17 individuals on the Sea-Watch and Sea-Eye NGO vessels, respectively, the majority coming from sub-Saharan Africa, Libya, and Egypt.

For the moment, no European member state has agreed to accept them and Italy and Malta, the closest to where the vessels are located, have not offered for them to dock on their shores.

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The Sea Watch 3 vessel operated by German NGO Sea-Watch, near Malta on 4 January 2018 (Image courtesy of Reuters by Darren Zammit Lupi / via ACN)

The European Commission said on Monday to member states that ‘more solidarity is needed’ to manage the welcome of people rescued at sea, along with an ‘urgent, sustainable, and foreseeable’ solution.

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The Catalan department of Foreign Action communicated Catalonia’s will to offer a safe port to the two ships to the Spanish government, and is now waiting on the executive’s response.

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