— Ben Perchiron, the Voice of Europe
Spanish students from the local student residence are being forced from their lodgings despite having paid their accommodation fees so that migrants arriving from Libya can be housed.
The immigrants arriving aboard the Aquarius, docked yesterday afternoon in Alicante, where their children, aged between 12 and 17-years-old will be in the custody of social workers.
The students have been told to get out despite having paid their accommodation fees, so that the migrants, arriving from Libya, can be housed, according to the online daily Actualidad
The Aquarius had to proceed to Spain after being refused entry to Italian ports by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini of the newly elected anti-immration government.
A young German language student in Alicante named Rubén, who is planning to live and work in Germany in his future, paid €750 a month for his room, has now been forced to leave along with the other students housed there.
His mother said that her son has had to leave the residence to make room for the Aquarius migrants.
”They have told us that they cannot be there because they come with many illnesses, so this is a health issue,” she said.
“It’s like we are solving one problem by causing others, and this is a big problem because right now there is nowhere in Alicante for my son to live and continue with his studies. We are going to go there to see if we can find something, but it will be very difficult since everything is already booked for the summer months.”
Rubén’s mother does not believe that it can be due to a “health issue” otherwise the local authorities surely wouldn’t be housing hundreds of sick migrants in the centre of a busy tourist city like Alicante.
Authorities announced that Rubén and his colleagues had 24 hours in which to collect their belongings and vacate the residence.