THE MALAGA BAR ASSOCIATION is meeting to discuss rising immigration levels.
The group has appointed a panel of experts to analyse the situation and “make proposals to the relevant administrations, as the situation is increasingly worrying,” according to one lawyer, Francisco Javier Lara.
Mr Lara said the association will “from now on work to coordinate” with other towns which also attract immigrants, including Cadiz, Almeria and Granada. He explained he was also looking in to liaising with bodies in Italy and Morocco to create “a kind of congress of the Mediterranean” and address “this phenomenon, how the situation is and what it takes the means and legislation to make a proposal to administrations, including Europe.”
Since July, the Malaga Bar Association has put emphasis on helping foreigners who arrive in Spain by boat, since many of them claim asylum. Around 300 lawyers have now received training in immigration law to deal with the influx of cases.
The Bar association has also complained about a plague of mice infesting the courts in Torremolinos.
A worker recorded images of the creatures wandering the building’s corridors before the video was shared on social media by Francisco Javier Lara.
Many of the courts’ archives are said to be “unrecoverable” after two outbreaks of the rodents earlier this year, which were both treated by pest controllers. The oldest building, which is located at Avenida Palma de Mallorca number 24, is said to be in the worst condition, with a bad smell and problems with leaks and damp.
Mr Javier Lara has now written to the Junta de Andalucia demanding the premises be improved after the infestation and highlighting the problems posed by transferring detainees between three courts located in different buildings on Avenida Palma de Mallorca.