Seven-fold rise in illegal immigrants in Canarys

15th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 January 2007, TENERIFE — More than 30,000 would-be immigrants landed in Canary Islands last year - seven times more than in 2005, authorities said on Monday.

15 January 2007

TENERIFE — More than 30,000 would-be immigrants landed in Canary Islands last year  -
seven times more than in 2005, authorities said on Monday.

The regional government said 31,245 illegal immigrants arrived in the islands or were picked up in the seas nearby by coastguards, compared with 4,700 in all 2005.

Mostly West Africans, they swamped resources in the small holiday islands and caused a national debate in Spain over how to deal with the problem.

Madrid sought help from the European Union in trying to stem the tide and struck up deals with a number of sub-Saharian countries to provide development aid in return for help in repatriating illegal immigrants.

The largest number of arrivals were in the islands Tenerife and La Gomera, followed by Fuerteventura, El Hierro and Lanzarote.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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