Migrants reaching Spain’s Canary Islands near 32,000 this year

MADRID: Almost 32,000 migrants have reached Spain’s Canary Islands on fragile boats from west Africa this 12 months, passing a earlier document posted in 2006, regional authorities stated on Sunday.
To this point this 12 months, 31,933 folks have reached the islands, in contrast with the 2006 small boats disaster when 31,678 folks made it to the Canaries, regional authorities informed Reuters.
Since Friday, 739 folks have been rescued within the Atlantic Ocean off El Hierro, the smallest and most westerly island within the archipelago, the Spanish coastguard stated.
Two folks have been discovered useless in 4 boats and two different folks died later in hospital, stated the Spanish Civil Guard on Saturday, which additionally took half within the rescue wherein girls and youngsters have been amongst these saved.
Fernando Clavijo, the Canary Islands regional chief, stated the figures confirmed the dimensions of the humanitarian disaster confronted by the islands and known as for extra assist from the Spanish authorities and the European Union.
“The 2006 information have been surpassed however the response of the State and EU just isn’t the identical. Migration administration on the southern border have to be a precedence on the Spanish and European agenda,” he posted on the X social media web site on Saturday.
The variety of arrivals has just lately jumped as milder climate and calmer seas since September have made it extra possible to try the nonetheless perilous crossing from Africa.
The archipelago lies round 100 km (60 miles) off Africa’s west coast. Its seven islands have turn out to be the principle vacation spot for migrants from Senegal and different African international locations making an attempt to achieve Spain, fleeing battle or searching for a greater life.
The Spanish authorities stated it will create further emergency lodging for some 3,000 migrants in army barracks, resorts and hostels.

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