Opposition grows to Spain's migrant detention centres

Police secure the area outside the Immigration Detention Center (CIE) in Barcelona during a demonstration in support of illegal immigrantsOpposition to Spain’s controversial migrant detention centres is growing, with the left-wing mayors of Madrid and Barcelona leading calls to close the facilities, which have been likened to prisons. The debate has been fuelled by a series of riots and escape attempts in recent months at the seven centres which are used to hold people caught living in Spain illegally while officials decide whether or not they will be deported. The latest incident happened on Tuesday, when about 40 migrants tried in vain to flee a migrant detention centre in Barcelona during dinner time.

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