Over 200 immigrants arrive in Canarys in 24-hrs
27 August 2007, TENERIFE - (AFP) - Some 250 illegal immigrants arrived on Spain's Canary Islands overnight on three wooden boats, maritime rescue officials said Monday.
27 August 2007
TENERIFE - (AFP) - Some 250 illegal immigrants arrived on Spain's Canary Islands overnight on three wooden boats, maritime rescue officials said Monday.
A cayuco, or wooden fishing boat, carrying about 100 migrants arrived on Sunday night on Tenerife, the largest of the seven islands that make up the archipelago off the coast of Morocco.
Another boat with 19 people onboard, including a woman and three minors, arrived on the island of Lanzarote in the early hours of Monday.
A maritime rescue ship meanwhile pulled 130 other migrants from a boat off the coast of El Hierro, the archipelago's smallest island, and brought them to Los Cristianos on the south side of Tenerife, early on Monday.
About one dozen minors were traveling with this group. All were in good health.
On Saturday another 53 migrants arrived on the Canary Islands, which has become a main entry point for Africans seeking a better life in Europe.
Last year saw overall arrivals total some 31,200, three times the previous annual record but this year the volume has dropped with the European Union's border surveillance unit stepping up operations.
Over 6,500 migrants have arrived on the archiepalgo since the beginning of the year, including more than 1,000 who have arrived in August, according to a representative of the Spanish government on the islands.
[Copyright AFP with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news