Migrant dies after arriving on Canary Islands, 5 hurt

15th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 October 2007, MADRID - (AFP) - An African migrant died Monday from dehydration one day after arriving on Spain's Canary Islands along with 84 others aboard a wooden boat, a local official said.

15 October 2007

MADRID - (AFP) - An African migrant died Monday from dehydration one day after arriving on Spain's Canary Islands along with 84 others aboard a wooden boat, a local official said.

"Five others are also in hospital suffering as well from very strong dehydration," a spokesman for the regional government's health ministry told AFP.

The migrants were found Sunday 14 nautical miles (26 kilometres) from the island of Tenerife and were escorted to the port of Los Cristianos where the six ill passengers were taken to hospital.

Located off the coast of Morocco, the Canary Islands have been a magnet in recent years for mainly sub-Saharan immigrants aspiring to reach Europe.

A total of 8,095 illegal migrants arrived in the Canaries since the beginning of the year, compared with over 31,200 during all of 2006.

The decline in arrivals is due in large part to stepped-up maritime patrols of the west African coast by the European Union border agency Frontex.

An unknown number of migrants die every year trying to reach the islands. In July some 50 African would-be immigrants perished after their boat capsized near the island of Tenerife.

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