Spain's Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration Jose Luis Escriva announced that the government was set to provide migrants on the islands of Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Fuerteventura with 7,000 beds. He was speaking at a news conference in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on Friday.
Escriva said that this is a «reasonable» measure so that «the crisis can be managed on the island.»
In addition to the emergency shelters, he added that work will be done to provide another 7,000 beds.
According to reports, the government has not yet reached an agreement to speed up the transfer of migrants to the mainland, although Escriva said it was negotiating with autonomous communities such as Navarre, Extremadura and Valencia on the issue.
As of last week, 16,760 migrants and 553 boats arrived on the Canary Islands.