Migrant arrivals to Spain’s Canaries bounce by over 1,000% in January

MADRID: The variety of migrants from West Africa who braved the ocean in fragile boats to succeed in Spain‘s Canary Islands jumped greater than 1,000% in January from a 12 months in the past, information launched by the nation’s inside ministry on Thursday confirmed.
A complete of seven,270 irregular migrants reached the archipelago within the Atlantic Ocean between Jan. 1 and Jan. 31, an almost 13-fold enhance from the 566 in the identical month in 2023, the ministry stated.
The chain of islands off Africa’s northwestern coast, one in every of Spain’s hottest vacationer locations, was the entry level for 39,910 migrants final 12 months, an all-time document.
El Hierro, the smallest and westernmost island, obtained extra migrants than its personal inhabitants of 9,000 in 2023.
In accordance with an annual report by rights group Strolling Borders, the Atlantic path to the Canary Islands is the deadliest migration path to Spain, as 6,007 individuals misplaced their lives throughout the dangerous sea voyage final 12 months.
The overall variety of migrants who irregularly entered Spain in January – each by land and sea – was 8,067, a 524% enhance in comparison with a 12 months in the past, the ministry added.

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