Portugal will welcome the eight young migrants who landed on a beach in the Algarve, yesterday on Wednesday, “under the international protection framework applied to other cases of rescued foreigners in the Mediterranean,” the Foreigners and Borders Service ( Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras – SEF) said Thursday, in a statement.
“Portugal will welcome the eight young people who, this Wednesday, landed on a beach in the Algarve, after they had requested this protection status at dawn. The group, made up of young Moroccans, aged between 16 and 26, and of Moroccan nationality, stayed overnight in Vila Real de Santo António and will today [Thursday] be transferred to Lisbon, to the Portuguese Refugee Center.”
SEF also says that “like others who arrived in Portugal, they will be assured and registered of their request, and will be provided with documentation proving the period of analysis, so that during that time medical care, education, housing and livelihoods. ”
The Moroccans were intercepted “hidden in the dunes” of Monte Gordo beach after a warning from a local, not “appearing to require special care” and saying only that they were hungry, police captain source said Wednesday. Maritime of Vila Real de Santo António.
According to the source, the youths claim that they come from the town of El Jadida, in Morocco, and spent five days at sea until they landed on that beach in the southern district of Faro. Morocco is not a country at war and doesn’t have any current major conflict going on.
On Wednesday, Vila Real de Santo António harbour captain Rui Vasconcelos de Andrade revealed that the young people reached the Portuguese coast “in a six to seven-meter open mouth fishing vessel” and then fled to the area. dunes, where they were located by the Maritime Police.
The same source also said that, as far as it was possible to understand, the young people “allegedly did not want to go to Portugal and wanted to move to the south coast of Spain” [as many more often do] and could have been diverted westward.
In December 2007, the authorities also detected a group of 19 immigrants allegedly from Morocco in the Ria Formosa, near Olhão, in what was the first incident of its kind on the Portuguese coast