A record number of illegal immigrants in the Canary Islands

Local authorities reported that the Canary Islands broke a record for the number of illegal immigrants arriving in the archipelago in one year. According to their estimates, as of January 1 of this year. By Saturday afternoon, a total of 31,686 arrivals were registered there.

Statistics released by the government of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands show that the record year was 2006, when a total of 31,678 illegal immigrants arrived in the archipelago.

The regional government led by Fernando Clavijo announced at the end of October that due to increasing migration pressures, it expected the record for the annual number of African arrivals to the Canary Islands to be broken in the first half of November.

According to data from the Spanish Maritime Rescue Services, the night from Friday to Saturday also set a record in terms of the number of illegal immigrants arriving in the Spanish archipelago. In all, more than 1,000 of them arrived there.

The main direction of migration

They pointed out that the main trend of the influx of new arrivals from Africa remains less than 10,000 people. Residents of the island of El Hierro, located in the southwestern part of this Spanish archipelago. Last night, 739 migrants arrived.

The Hero Medical Services revealed that four people who sailed from the northwestern shores of Africa to the Canary Islands died during the night crossing.


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