"It Ruins the Vacation Feeling" Tourists and Refugees Cross Paths on Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria's tourism industry is doing all it can to survive the coronavirus. Some luxury hotels are even hosting the increasing numbers of migrants arriving from across the ocean. It is a clash of two worlds.
By Dialika Neufeld und Philipp Spalek (Photos)
The Servatur Waikiki resort on the Spanish island Gran Canaria

The Servatur Waikiki resort on the Spanish island Gran Canaria

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Philipp Spalek / DER SPIEGEL

Tourists and migrants on Playa del Inglés: "It ruins the vacation feeling."

Tourists and migrants on Playa del Inglés: "It ruins the vacation feeling."

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Cheikh took the long route, all the way from Senegal.

Cheikh took the long route, all the way from Senegal.

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Philipp Spalek / DER SPIEGEL

Ayoub and Nabil: "It's totally normal here for people to drink beer or whiskey."

Ayoub and Nabil: "It's totally normal here for people to drink beer or whiskey."

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Philipp Spalek / DER SPIEGEL

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Gran Canaria joined Lesbos and Lampedusa as European islands left to deal with the refugees on their own.
"Of course I've realized that we're not welcome by everyone."

Nabil