Greater than 400 migrants arrive on the Spanish coast the final weekend of the 12 months

Saturday December 26 was the day with the best inflow, with 236 foreigners arriving within the Canary Islands

Greater than 400 migrants arrived on the Spanish coasts over the last weekend of 2020, the bulk to the Canary Islands. Saturday December 26 was the day that registered the most important inflow, when 236 foreigners landed on the coasts of the archipelago that has acquired unprecedented migratory strain this 12 months because the so-called cayuco disaster broke out in 2006. Till December 15, 21,452 immigrants had arrived within the Canary Islands by sea, which represents a rise of 889%, in comparison with the two,168 that had been recorded in 2019, in accordance with knowledge from the Ministry of the Inside.

5 boats with a complete of 159 migrants on board arrived on the Canary Islands in the course of the evening and early within the morning final Saturday. One in every of them was situated round 11:50 p.m. within the south of Tenerife. Within the boat had been 5 boys and two minors. At round 7:00 p.m., the Las Palmas Maritime Rescue Management Heart despatched the guard ‘Polimnia’ to rescue the occupants of two different boats. Between them, there have been 78 passengers. All of the occupants had been disembarked within the port of Arguineguín, a municipality in Gran Canaria that has acquired the most important variety of migrants in latest months.

Whereas this rescue was being carried out, one other operation was underway as a result of warning of a ship crusing in direction of Fuerteventura. On this event, the 32 individuals on board (25 males and seven girls) had been rescued. Two different boats additionally arrived within the Canary Islands on Saturday.

On Sunday, a cayuco with 51 migrants of sub-Saharan origin was rescued in waters close to Gran Canaria. At about 1:30 p.m., the Maritime Rescue Management Heart in Las Palmas despatched the rescue ‘Alboran’, which confirmed the presence of a cayuco and rescued those that had been on board, all males and in obvious good well being. Three different boats with 112 migrants arrived the evening of that very same day to the Canary coasts. On Christmas Day, 19 migrants landed on the Spanish coast. Salvamento rescued 12 others within the Alboran Sea.

The Authorities has multiplied diplomatic efforts to extend returns and cease the departure of cayucos and boats at supply. The rise within the migratory circulate to the Canary Islands contrasts with the lower in the remainder of the nation. In 2019, the Peninsula and the Balearic Islands acquired right now greater than 20,000 individuals who arrived by sea, whereas this 12 months there have been a complete of 15,674 individuals, in accordance with knowledge from the Inside, which represents a lower of 23.9%.

The numbers of arrivals to Ceuta additionally lower. By sea, this autonomous metropolis acquired 400 migrants in 2020, in comparison with the 602 who had arrived in the identical interval in 2019. By means of the land border, the determine has been lowered by 79.5% in comparison with the 12 months previous: from 1,235 individuals within the first 10 months of 2019 to 253 in the identical interval of 2020.

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