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A young immigrant drowns in the Bidasoa River

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Members of the Civil Guard on the Bidasoa River in Irun (Gipuzkoa).CIVIL GUARD (Europa Press)

The Gipuzkoa Civil Guard found this Saturday the body of a young immigrant in the Bidasoa river, which forms the border between Spain and France, in the municipality of Irun (Gipuzkoa), the government delegation in the Basque Country reports on social networks . This is a young black man between the ages of 20 and 25 whose body was found and removed from the water by members of the Armed Institute in an area of ​​the border river between the Behobia International Bridge and Pheasant Island. Members of the armed institute took over the process of identifying the deceased, who was wearing shorts and a polo shirt.

The government delegate in Euskadi, Denis Itxaso, has reported that the body was found in the Dana Vieja area of ​​Behobia while they were waiting for the coroner to proceed with its removal, have stated the same sources who have stated that “the good “Condition” of the body indicates that the young man died from “drowning” and in a “very short” time. The Civil Guard “tours upstream” on jet skis and land patrols along its banks in search of personal items and clues that may clarify the circumstances of the death and aid in identification.

Itxaso has called for “safe, legal and orderly migration flows” and lamented this “new human drama” of a migrant “looking for a place to develop a life and dying on a border within Europe”, as well as on Social was published networks.

The director of the Basque government’s immigration service, Xabier Legarreta, said of the immigrant found dead that the “selective and racist” control of the French police on the border with Irún is causing these “dramatic situations”. This French control “forces these people to use less safe routes to reach their destination” to get to France, and in some cases “causes” their deaths. After taking part in a performance in Bermeo (Bizkaia), Lagarreta remarked that “the migratory phenomenon in transit once again shows its harshest and most dramatic face”. “Once again we are asking the Basque government for safe routes and corridors,” he said.

In transit with those who died this Saturday are five migrants who died in just over a year in the Bidasoa while trying to cross the border river and continue their journey to France or other European countries. On May 22, 2021, Yaya Karamoko of Ivory Coast, 28, drowned; Abdoulaye Coulibaly, 18, from Guinea Conakry, died on August 8; and on November 20 another body was found that has not been officially identified. On March 30, 2022, the body of a sub-Saharan migrant who had disappeared 18 days earlier was found when three entered the waters of the border river and only two of them reached the bank on the French side.

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