2 Mar, 2024 @ 11:50
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Spain has received more than 14,000 irregular migrants so far this year, an increase of 354% on the same period in 2023

Illegal immigrants await their evacuation from their broken boat on May 29, 2021 in the District of Marine National Guard of the Center, Sfax, Tunisia. Tunisia has become a central location for migrants to try to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe. Over the last few months the Tunisian Coastguard has stopped hundreds of illegal migrants from different african countries. They want to leave their country because of the lack of job opportunities especially after the COVID-19 crisis. The journey is very dangerous and in recent weeks, drowning incidents have occurred off the Tunisian coast, with an increase in the frequency of trips to Europe from Tunisia and Libya towards Italy as the weather has improved.   According to the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR around 23,500 people have made it across the sea to Europe this year, with most new arrivals landing in Italy and Spain from Tunisia and Algeria. The agency estimates that 633 people have died or gone missing in transit this year.  (Photo by Mohamed Krit/ Sipa USA) *** Local Caption *** 33590203

A TOTAL of 14,035 irregular migrants have arrived on Spanish shores so far this year, which is a 354% increase on the same period in 2023. 

That’s according to the latest figures from the Interior Ministry, as reported by news agency Europa Press, and which show that the relatively low number of 3,094 migrants arrived in the first two months of 2023. 

The ministry reports that 13,485 migrants arrived via sea from January 1 to February 29, compared to 2,948 the year before. That’s a rise of 357% from one year to the next.

Of these, as many as 11,932 made it to the coast of the Canary Islands, the Spanish archipelago located off the northwest of Africa. 

Migrant arrivals in Spain have spiked so far in 2024.  (Photo by Mohamed Krit/ Sipa USA)

A further 1,552 would-be migrants made it to either the peninsula or the Balearic Islands, compared to 1,068 in 2023. That’s a rise of 45%, according to the ministry figures.

As for Spain’s North African exclave cities, between January 1 and February 15 there were no arrivals by sea in Ceuta, compared to last year when there were 12. 

In the case of Melilla, just one migrant arrived in the same time period, compared to last year when 12 arrivals were registered. 

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