British holidaymakers in Spain have reportedly been “asked to leave” their hotels without notice, to make way for migrants.
ParqueMar and other tourist accommodation are used to house newly arrived migrants, with the 58-room complex welcoming people from the Canary Islands.
It comes as several EU countries – including France, Slovakia, Sweden and Germany – reintroduce border restrictions over fears of uncontrolled migration and terrorism, The Sun reported.
A British couple claims they were kicked out of their hotel, forcing them to rent a private apartment.
Former Ministry of Defense employee Robert Jamison and his wife Maxine said their holiday was “ruined” after they were asked to leave their hotel.
Mr Jamison, of Finedon, Northamptonshire, said: “There were no plans for where paying customers could go, no suggestions of other hotels that might have spaces.
“Nothing. We were just told to leave.”
Booking.com then reimbursed the couple for the remaining days of their stay.
ParqueMar said it liaised with guests at the hotel, which committed to housing the refugees until December 31, when the first of 231 migrants arrived.
The hotel said it “regretted the decision” but that it was “an order from the state.”
A spokesperson insisted they had helped find alternative accommodation for tourists and some of those who left said it was out of ‘fear’ – although the migrants were ‘completely harmless’ .
Some of these migrants were questioned about why they decided to make the journey to the Spanish coast.
Ngalla Ndir, 41, said: “I was a fisherman at home, but the fish stocks are exhausted. I can no longer earn a living. I want to find a job here in Spain.”
Ibrahim Umbye, 16, added: “When I go to the Netherlands, France, Germany or England, I want to become a driver. I left Gambia because there was no work. I am here to help my family.”
Usman Ngia, 17, said: “We stayed on the waves for five days, surviving on nothing but water and biscuits, with more than 100 people on the boat. We were in God’s hands.”
However, some British nationals have expressed concern over increased pressure on local services. John Beeston, 60, and his wife Lynne, 59, from Ellesmere, Shropshire, were in Spain looking after their dog.
“It’s a small place and 231 extra people are likely to put a strain on local medical services,” said Mr Beeston, a retired mathematics teacher.
ParqueMar claims to charge £32 per day, including VAT, for each migrant’s bed and full board.
In October, Spain announced it would create additional emergency accommodation for 3,000 undocumented migrants in military barracks, hotels and hostels, amid a 57.5 percent increase in arrivals.