4 Aug, 2023 @ 14:15
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Arrival of 400 migrants on Spain’s southern coasts raises alarms for authorities

Rescatados 61 Migrantes Subsaharianos A Bordo De Una Patera En Las Costas De Tenerife
A canoe with 61 sub-Saharan migrants on board was intercepted on Saturday while sailing towards the island of Tenerife, according to sources from the Maritime Rescue. The cayuco, located by the Salvamar Alpheratz boat, has arrived at the port of Los Cristianos with nine minors among the occupants, migrants (Photo by Mercedes Menendez / Pacific Press)

BOATS carrying around 400 migrants have arrived on the coasts of Spain’s Almeria, Granda and Murcia in just a few days. In many cases, holidaymakers on the beaches have raised the alarm with the authorities, who are increasingly concerned about the high number of arrivals. 

The mayor of Adra in Almeria, Manuel Cortes, has called on the central government to ramp up monitoring of the coast ‘both by land and by sea’ after dozens of migrants arrived on board speedboats, Spanish daily El Español reported. 

The majority of the arrivals seen in recent days are Moroccan or Algerian nationals. 

Once on Spanish soil, the migrants are given medical treatment and are then handed over to the authorities. 

“Most then head to another country or city if they are not deported by the police, but this doesn’t usually happen,” Red Cross coordinator Francisco Vicente told El Español

The NGO is not ruling out another major wave of arrivals in the coming days, given the good weather conditions. “It’s something that we can’t predict,” Vicente added.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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