More than 1,600 migrants arrive on the Canary Islands coasts, Spain | News
The migration crisis in southern Spain experienced a new episode this weekend, when another 314 refugees arrived in the Canary Islands in two boats early Monday, raising to more than 1,600 the number that has arrived in the archipelago in the last 48 hours.
Nearly 1,500 migrants arrive in the Canary Islands
According to border authorities, a boat carrying 229 migrants was escorted to the island of El Hierro, while another with 85 people was taken to Tenerife.
They are not the only ones, another boat arrived on Saturday carrying 320 migrants, the largest number on a single boat since human traffickers began regularly using the Canary Islands route in 1994. Previous record of 280 was recorded earlier this month.
Until the first half of October, 23,500 people arrived in the Canary Islands irregularly, according to the Ministry of the Interior, with an increase in arrivals that has occurred constantly since September of this year.
The Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration of Spain is looking for locations throughout the country to guarantee what they call a dignified reception in the face of the migratory surge in the Canary Islands.
Most of the boats arrived at El Hierro, which has received several thousand migrants in recent weeks. Most of the immigrants come from countries in sub-Saharan Africa and a significant part of the boats leave from Senegal.
Immigrants who arrive in Spain by boat spend up to 72 hours in police custody for identification and are then transferred to different reception or detention centers depending on their cases.
Although some are deported, the majority request asylum and are taken to mainland Spain so that their requests can be studied. In the end, many are released and ordered to leave Spain if they do not obtain asylum.
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