“The opening of our hotels to migrants has changed our lives”

SEEN FROM ELSEWHERE – Calvin Lucock and Unn Tove Saetran, a couple who for months have accommodated hundreds of refugees who arrived in Gran Canaria on makeshift boats in two resorts in two resorts, tell how reality has defused their prejudices.

By Maria Martin (The country)

At the wheel of a Mercedes SUV, Calvin Lucock makes his way to one of the four hotels of his company based in Puerto Rico, one of the most touristic areas in southern Gran Canaria. An emergency has arisen: one of his hosts needs something. The time for curfew is near; there is no living soul in the streets and the lights of most empty resorts remain off.

Beside Lucock, a stout and serious-looking Englishman, is his wife, Norwegian Unn Tove Saetran, owner of three restaurants, a woman wrapped in a green raincoat whose eyes have been shining steadily lately. . After parking and even before having time to cross the door, several Malian children are already hanging on their legs, a Moroccan gives them news and a group of Senegalese greet them from their balcony. The couple’s life has been running for five months now

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