Greater than 1,600 migrants have both been rescued at sea or reached the Canary Islands in small boats over the weekend, in response to Spanish emergency providers.

About 1,000 arrived on Saturday alone, setting out on about 20 barely-seaworthy boats.

The physique of 1 one that had died throughout the perilous journey was recovered by rescuers in waters close to the island of El Hierro. One other individual was airlifted by helicopter to an area hospital for an unspecified well being downside.

The path to the islands from western Africa, which at its closest level in Morocco is 100 kilometres away, has seen a rise in visitors this 12 months. The EU funded Morocco in 2019 to cease migrants from reaching southern Spain by way of the Mediterranean Sea.

In keeping with the Spanish authorities, greater than 11,000 arrivals have been recorded within the Canary Islands this 12 months in contrast with 2,557 throughout the identical interval final 12 months.

The Atlantic route has develop into the deadliest seaborne path to achieve Europe with greater than 600 confirmed useless of lacking individuals, in response to the U.N. Refugee Company.

Arrivals in 2020 are nonetheless low in comparison with the 30,000 migrants who reached the islands in 2006. However they’re at their highest in over a decade since Spain stemmed the circulate of sea arrivals to just some hundred a 12 months by offers with West African international locations.


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