The State invests 3.8 million euros in the CATE del Espalmador with the aim of launching it at the end of the year or early 2022
One month after the Council of Ministers declared the urgency of the new Temporary Attention Center for Foreigners (CATE) in Cartagena, the works begin. The Mediohabitat company, hired by the General State Administration, began a few days ago the foundation works of the center that will host immigrants arriving by boat on the coasts of the Region.
The facility will be located on an esplanade on the Espalmador adjacent to the Muelle del Carbón, on the road to the Christmas lighthouse, which Navantia used as a parking lot.
The CATE works have an approximate duration of six months and are carried out with a budget of 3,822,000 euros, according to a spokesman for the Government Delegation. Its design will be very similar to the new one in Malaga, with a capacity for more than 300 foreigners divided into 38 modules. The complex will have eight other departments for facilities of the National Police, whose agents are in charge of the custody of immigrants who enter Spain irregularly before being brought to justice and later transfer to detention centers where they await their expulsion from the country. There will also be attached facilities for the use of the Red Cross, the NGO that provides humanitarian assistance.
The forecast of the department that he directs in the José Vélez Region is to open this center when it is completely finished, at the end of the year or in January 2022. Meanwhile, the immigrants rescued at sea will be treated in the provisional camp opened a year ago in the port of Escombreras to face the different waves of boats.
Vélez himself, accompanied by the chief commissioner of Cartagena, Damián Romero, visited the esplanade at the beginning of June and highlighted the leap in quality that there will be with respect to the current facilities, since foreigners will be better served and national police and professionals from Red Cross will be able to work in professional conditions. The choice of this esplanade of the main dock of Cartagena to build the CATE is motivated by the Government’s plans to convert the military land of the Carbon Dock into a base that brings together all the services that Salvamento Marítimo (Sasemar) has in Cartagena. The new detachment will also host the berthing of the ships that this state company belonging to the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda has in the city.