At least 1,398 immigrants have reached the Spanish coasts during this week, of which 876 have arrived on Saturday (427 people) and Sunday (439), most of them on the Canary Islands.
During this Sunday, a dozen boats arrived in the Canary archipelago in which they were on board 319 immigrants: 9 to Gran Canaria, with 175 people; 2 to Lanzarote, with 32 people, and a canoe to Tenerife, with 112 people.
Two boats arrived at the Murcian coast at dawn this Sunday, with 25 people in total, that were intercepted near Monte de las Cenizas and Cabo de Palos.
Likewise, in the Balearic Islands a total of 35 immigrants were intercepted this Sunday upon arrival at coasts of the Pitiusas —Ibiza and Formentera— in two patera-type vessels, and seven miles south of Cabrera in another vessel of this type.
In the afternoon, the Civil Guard located in the Ses Salines area, in Mallorca, a patera-type boat with seven people on board and two others in which 11 immigrants were traveling, in the Santanyí area.
In addition, five boats with at least 56 people on board, including several minors, arrived this Sunday on the Alicante coast, specifically at the Arenales de Elche, Altea, Calp and El Campello.
Also a boat with between six and seven people on board has been rescued on the afternoon of this Sunday in the Benidorm coast, as reported by Red Cross sources.
At dawn, Salvamento Marítimo rescued some 200 people traveling in five boats, spotted while heading to the Canary archipelago.
In the Alicante municipalities of Calp and Teulada, two boats arrived with eight people in each of the boats. Of the 16 people who reached the Alicante coast, 15 were male and one was female.
In Andalucia, about 125 people, including minors and at least one baby, arrived aboard boats throughout this Saturday. Of these, 61 were transferred to the port of Algeciras (Cádiz), 18 reached Motril (Granada) and 44 to Almería.
For their part, a total of 86 irregular immigrants arrived on Saturday at coasts of the Region of Murcia aboard eight boats. Most were intercepted at sea, but several of them made landfall.
To these 876 people rescued over the weekend, are added the 522 migrants who have reached the Spanish coasts during the week. Friday’s day it was the one that registered the largest influx of immigrants, specifically, 298 people in an irregular situation.
This Friday, a boat with 58 immigrants on board arrived on the coast of Fuerteventura, in the area of Morro Jable. 58 people (54 men and 4 women) were traveling on the boat. Maritime Rescue also intercepted a boat with 21 immigrants on Friday when they were near the Maspalomas Lighthouse, in San Bartolomé de Tirajana (Gran Canaria). This patera joins another that arrived in the morning with 32 people on board, who were transferred to the Arguineguín Pier, in Mogán.
Also, Maritime Rescue and Civil Guard vessels rescued two boats with 33 immigrants on board as they headed towards the Canary archipelago. The boats were intercepted in the south of the island of Gran Canaria and were also taken to the port of Arguineguín. Likewise, Salvamento Marítimo rescued a cayuco with 72 immigrants, which was located about three miles south of Tenerife.
In Ceuta, Salvamento Marítimo rescued 16 people, all of them of Maghreb origin, when a boat was located six miles northeast of Punta Almina, and another type toy.
On Tuesday, the 13th, there were 129 immigrants who arrived in the Canary Islands divided into three boats. Specifically, two of the boats with 66 people in irregular situation They were transferred to the Arguineguín dock. Regarding the third irregular vessel, with 63 people on board, it was transferred to the Los Cristianos dock, on the island of Tenerife.
On Wednesday, 117 migrants also arrived in the Canary Islands in four boats, three of them occupied by 45 people who arrived in Gran Canarias and another with 72 who was transferred to the Tenerife port of Los Cristianos.
Thursday was the day with the lowest flow of boats, with 53 immigrants on board. A cayuco with 32 occupants inside reached the Arguineguín Pier (Gran Canaria) after being intercepted by Salvamento Marítimo, which also rescued another boat with 21 immigrants when they were near the Maspalomas Lighthouse, in San Bartolomé de Tirajana (Gran Canaria).
The increase in boats arriving in the Canary Islands has been recorded since the beginning of the year. The president of the Canary Islands, Angel Víctor Torres, has warned this week that the migratory crisis that the archipelago is currently suffering already resembles that of 2006 or 2007 and he has requested the involvement of the European Union (EU), as he defends that “the Canary Islands are as much Europe as Brussels”.
Torres set his sights on Europe. “It cannot be that immigration remains in the border areas – he added – and that the Canary Islands, which is as much Europe as Brussels or Paris, have to assume exclusively all immigration that reaches these lands because it is absolutely impossible for us. ”