Over 200 immigrants arrive in Canary Islands

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1 October 2007, MADRID - More than 200 clandestine migrants, including 32 minors, arrived on or near Spain's Canary Islands on Sunday on board four small boats, officials said.

1 October 2007

MADRID - More than 200 clandestine migrants, including 32 minors, arrived on or near Spain's Canary Islands on Sunday on board four small boats, officials said.

One boat carrying 131 sub-Saharan Africans, including 21 minors, arrived at Los Cristianos, a southern port on the island of Tenerife, on Sunday afternoon, an AFP photographer reported.

Two boats carrying 68 North Africans, including 11 minors, arrived earlier on the island of Lanzarote, a Canary government spokesman said.

A maritime rescue ship plucked a further 11 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa from a boat heading towards the archipelago.

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.

Over 31,200 immigrants arrived in the Canaries last year, more than tripling the previous annual record and overwhelming the island chain's authorities.

Some 7,000 have made port so far this year. Migrant arrivals have declined in part due to stepped up patrols of the West African coast.

Authorities fear many of the thousands of Africans who make the perilous journey towards Spanish soil each year lose their lives on the way, but there is no way of knowing exactly how many have died.

[Copyright AFP with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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