Spain’s authorities is stepping up its response amid a surge within the variety of migrants travelling to the Canary Islands.
Coastguards stated greater than 700 migrants had been rescued on Saturday (November 14) and delivered to the islands, that are located off the western coast of southern Morocco.
It brings the variety of migrants who’ve arrived on the islands this yr to 16,000, greater than 10 instances final yr’s complete.
On Saturday, demonstrators demanded higher dwelling circumstances for migrants already dwelling on the Spanish archipelago.
Assist teams estimate about 4,000 migrants reside in vacationer resorts due to the dearth of refugee reception centres.
The Federation of Hospitality and Tourism Enterprises of Gran Canaria known as on Saturday on the federal government to behave so resorts could possibly be used once more for vacationers.
Spain’s regional coverage minister stated on Friday it could increase naval patrols across the Canary Islands and arrange extra migrant centres in response to the surge in arrivals.
The brand new migrant give attention to the perilous Canary Islands route has come as authorities crack down on beforehand common passages throughout the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa to European Union international locations.
Euronews reporter Jamie Velázquez visited the port of Arguineguin in Gran Canaria. Watch his report within the media participant, above.