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Island Escape: Poles Are Snapping Up Homes In Mallorca To Escape Unstable Eastern Europe – Olive Press News Spain

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LARGE numbers of Polish people are buying properties in the Balearic Islands to escape the instability of Eastern Europe.

They are moving, in particular, to avoid the escalating conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

According to the Balearic Real Estate association (ABINI) they fear the conflict could spread from Ukraine into other parts of Eastern Europe.

“They choose to move here because of the good weather, the education system and the Spanish health care,” said president Hans Lenz. 

They are also attracted to Mallorca’s good communications with the rest of Europe.

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Mallorca is ever more popular with Easter Europeans. Cordon Press image

Despite the increasing number of Poles moving here, there are not yet any concrete statistics.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Germans are still by far the most important group of buyers on the islands.

According to official data for 2021, 48.5% of the houses sold were to Germans in 2021.

Brits are still the second nationality by numbers, buying 20.2% of homes on the islands, followed by the French and Swedes.

Americans are also growing in numbers on the islands.

Nationally, 200,000 Ukrainians are living in Spain, two times more than in February, but only 14% of them have a job.

The Spanish Minister of employment claimed that the main reason why Ukrainians struggle to get a job is because of the language barrier.

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Palma-Based Airline Forced A British Disabled Woman To Crawl To The Toilet In A Plane Because It Did Not Have Wheelchair Available – Olive Press News Spain

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A British woman who is paralysed from the waist down had to drag herself down an aircraft aisle to go to the loo when cabin crew refused to help.

The husband of Jennie Berry, originally from Durham, recorded her dragging herself to the toilet.

It was her only option as there was no aisle chair available on the plane.

“I asked to go to the toilet and they just said ‘no we don’t have an aisle chair on board’, with no suggestions of what I was to do,” claimed Jennie on Instagram. She added that she had not been on a flight with no aisle chairs – wheelchairs for on board planes – before.

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Jennie Perry in the toilet. Image Twitter.

“As you all know – when you have to go, you have to go. Thankfully, I have good upper body strength, so I proceeded to drag myself down the aisle towards the toilet, whilst staff continued to serve drinks,” she added.

She was meant to fly with TUI from Newcastle to Palma but at the last minute, her flight was changed to the Spanish airline AlbaStar. Staff refused to let her sit near the front.

The company told the Olive Press: “Albastar would like to express its sincere apologies for the event that recently took place on one of our flights in relation to the flight experience of a passenger with reduced mobility.

“Our main concern is the safety and comfort of all our passengers on each and every flight we operate.

“We are working to investigate the incident to ensure that this isolated incident does not happen again on any of our aircraft.

“To reply to your request, we must inform you that aisle wheelchairs are not mandatory as per current regulation, not even recommended nor mentioned when talking about aircraft equipment/furnishing.

“On the commented flight, the passengers’ list received before the flight didn’t show the presence of a “Wheelchair C passenger”, meaning Albastar was never informed of the presence of a disabled passenger.”

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Spain Crime: Alleged Italian ‘Ndrangheta Mafia Gangsters Arrested In Ibiza – Olive Press News Spain

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Gangsters with suspected links to one of Italy’s most notorious mafia groups have been arrested in Spain.

Gangsters with suspected links to the Italian mafia have been arrested in Ibiza as part of a mammoth police operation involving both Spanish and Italian authorities. 

Thirty-two criminals were arrested on Spain’s infamous party island, with officers searching 40 addresses across Ibiza, Barcelona, Malaga and Tenerife. 

About €30,000 in cash, 18 kilograms of amphetamine and 4.5kg of cocaine, as well as guns and ammunition, were also seized. 

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Police searched 40 addresses across Ibiza, Barcelona, Malaga and Tenerife. 

The European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust) said those arrested were believed to be part of two organised crime groups, both connected to the Calabrian-based ‘Ndrangheta mafia group. 

They operated in Ibiza, but the group was based in Milan and were allegedly involved in drug trafficking, money laundering and extortion, according to Eurojust. 

“The head of the organised crime group is assumed to be related to the boss of one of the most powerful Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta families,” the watchdog said in a statement released on Tuesday.                                                                                                                            The group is also believed to be linked with the Sicilian Cosa Nostra mafia. 

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A cannabis plantation with 600 plants was also dismantled during the operation.   

The suspects allegedly used sailing boats to import large quantities of cocaine from South America, to be sold in Ibiza. 

The criminal network also allegedly ran several businesses in Ibiza to mask their illegal activities, including real estate businesses and rental apartments for tourists.

“It is believed that the organised crime group was able to fully exert its power on the territory of Ibiza according to the mafia modalities and patterns that normally are exercised only in Italy,” Eurojust said. 

Information from Italian authorities established that two members of the organised crime group had settled in Ibiza and were allegedly involved in committing extortion.

The intelligence sparked Eurojust to open the case in April. 

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Balearic Islands: Stunning Marine Tornadoes Spotted Off Mallorca Beach

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WaterspoutmallorcaWATCH: A spectacular natural phenomenon has occurred off the coast of Mallorca, and it’s been captured on camera. An impressive multiple waterspout phenomenon off the coast of Mallorca has been captured on camera.  Four waterspouts, also known as marine tornadoes, formed off Santanyi on Friday and could be seen clearly from the island. A waterspout […]

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