THE planned arrival in the port of Valencia of the Aquarius boat with more than 600 migrants on board has sparked a wave of solidarity across the province, where several municipalities have offered to welcome these people.
As well as Alicante, Elche, Orihuela, Elda, Alcoy, Benidorm and Sella have also offered to house the refugees.
In the case of Alicante, Councillor Mari Carmen de España said that they have “an open door” to take in the maximum amount of the migrants possible.
Elche has also offered a warm welcome as well. Mayor Carlos Gonzalez praised the “humanitarian commitment” of the new PSOE Government headed by Pedro Sanchez, and has put their eight houses at their disposal that can be used in such cases of emergency.
Orihuela’s spokesperson Rafael Almagro also said that “we are more than happy to welcome the migrants and help them as much as possible.” He added that it would need the assessment of central government first to lay out the priorities and then make the local resources available.
Social Service departments in the municipalities are also contacting those who offered their homes as a place of refuge during the crisis in Syria to check if they are equally able to offer a place for any of the Aquarius migrants.