Fifty migrants land on Canary Islands in a day
12 April 2007, GRAN CANARIA – Four kayaks arrived in Gran Canaria in the past 12 hours, bringing the number of illegal immigrants arrested on Thursday to 50.
12 April 2007
GRAN CANARIA – Four kayaks arrived in Gran Canaria in the past 12 hours, bringing the number of illegal immigrants arrested on Thursday to 50.
One boat stopped by a patrol near the island of Fuerteventura contained 36 people, while three other boats landed on the island of Gran Canaria.
Police arrested 14 immigrants but said this was probably only a third of the real total who had arrived on the boats.
The would-be migrants were all from Cape Verde, Nigeria, Guinea Conakry and Liberia.
All were young men.
Spain has considerably toughened its efforts in recent months to stop the wave of small boats from arriving in the Canary Islands.
With the aid of EU resources, Madrid has deployed a higher number of patrol boats and personnel in the area.
It has also promised aid to the countries from which the immigrants in an effort to persuade them to remain in their own countries.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news