Influx of Africans to Spain continues in 2008
More than 160 people landing on the Canary Islands and the mainland coast in the first two days of the new year.
2 January 2008
ALMERIA - The influx of African would-be immigrants to Spain continued in 2008, with more than 160 people landing on the Canary Islands and the mainland coast in the first two days of the new year.
Thirty-six people were rescued from a boat which was adrift off Almeria on the southern coast early Wednesday.
The migrants, many of whom were from Nigeria, Sudan and Togo, included several women and four babies. Three women were given medical attention for hypothermia, dehydration and abdominal pain.
The boat followed three others which arrived in the Canary Islands of Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, with a total of 126 people on board.
More than 17,000 Africans crossed over clandestinely to Spain in 2007, down from nearly 40,000 in 2006. Officials attribute the drop mainly to increased repatriations and maritime patrols.
Yet while the influx to the Canaries has gone down, the number of migrants landing on the mainland has increased.
[Copyright dpa 2008]
Subject: Spanish news