22 Aug, 2023 @ 20:30
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Nearly a thousand migrants have arrived on Spanish shores since Friday alone

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)

AROUND a thousand would-be migrants have arrived on Spanish shores since Friday alone, most of them reaching the coasts of the Canary Islands. 

That’s according to a tally from news agency Europa Press, which reported that 138 migrants arrived in the Canaries on two craft on Tuesday morning. Fifty of these immigrants reached Tenerife, while another made it to El Hierro. They were treated by the medical services on arrival. 

On Monday, the coastguard rescued 57 people who were in a vessel some 27 kilometres off the coast of Lanzarote. Of these, there were 12 women and one child. 

On Sunday, 15 migrants were located off the coast of Benidorm, while 154 migrants have reached the Balearic Islands since Saturday.

The Interior Ministry reports that a total of 18,069 irregular migrants have arrived on Spanish shores in the year so far to August 15. This is an increase of 10% compared to the figures for the same period last year. 

The increase is particularly notable for the Iberian peninsula and the Balearic Islands, coming in at 37% higher compared to the same period for 2022. 

Tragedy in the Atlantic

Previously in August, a total of 92 migrants died on a vessel that had been drifting in the Atlantic for more than a month. The boat had left Senegal in July and was trying to reach the Canary Islands. Only 38 occupants survived.

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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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