Migrants who landed in the Farol were caught and are in police custody

The 21 men are from North Africa

The 21 migrants "from North Africa" ​​who landed yesterday at the end of the afternoon in Ilha do FarolOn Faro, have already been intercepted and are currently under the guard of the GNR and the Aliens and Borders Service, revealed the latter security force.

The men were picked up around 19:45 in the vicinity of the beach by the GNR Coastal Control Unit, which, after alerting the population, launched a search operation. The Maritime Police was also present at the landing site.


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According to the SEF, the migrants were submitted to Covid-19 tests last night and were "immediately guaranteed basic needs, including food, medical care and accommodation."

Throughout today, Wednesday, "all necessary steps will be taken to assess the situation and promote appropriate measures for the case," assured the SEF.

The GNR Coastal Control Unit stressed that the action that culminated in the interception of migrants “occurred within the scope of the Reinforced Maritime Border Operation, which has been carried out by the UCC, in order to detect irregular immigration flows, fight cross-border crime and to increase the performance related to the functions of Coast Guard».

Meanwhile, António Pina, president of AMAL – Algarve Intermunicipal Community, reacted, in statements to Antena 1, to yet another attempt to disembark from North Africa, the farm that was intercepted on the Algarve coast in recent months.

"I can't say that there is already a massive illegal route with the arrival of many people, but there is at least the perception, on the other side, that it is easy to get these small boats to our territory", considered the also mayor of Olhão.

“The final sign to demobilize these movements would be the repatriation of these citizens. We know that the last group will be repatriated and are waiting at the airport in faro, in the SEF room, and I think that as soon as this happens it will give the signal contrary to the will of some of them to use these less appropriate means to reach our country», added António Pina, speaking to public radio.



Before yesterday's disembarkation, another four boats with migrants, allegedly from Morocco, had already been intercepted.

on June 15th, a group of 22 men, who claimed to be of Moroccan nationality, landed on the beach at Vale de Lobo. Days before, on June 6, another boat with 6 migrants, who also claimed to be Moroccans, had already been intercepted inside the Ria Formosa.

On January 29th, the same thing had happened, with a vessel with 11 migrants, coming from El Jadida, a Moroccan coastal town, who were caught in front of the Barra da Armona.

The first group of Moroccan migrants had arrived in the Algarve on the 11th of December, when 8 young people who also claimed to come from El Jadida (the former Portuguese Mazagão) landed on the beach of Monte Gordo, where they were intercepted by the authorities.


Note: Updated at 11:15 am with video and photo as well as with additional information provided by GNR


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