Tide of immigrants rising with nearly 200 held

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11 May 2007, TENERIFE - Ten kayaks arrived in the Canary Islands carrying almost 200 would-be illegal immigrants, authorities said on Friday.

11 May 2007

TENERIFE - Ten kayaks arrived in the Canary Islands carrying almost 200 would-be illegal immigrants, authorities said on Friday.

Already 183 have been arrested but police and the Red Cross said others are thought to have hidden on the islands.

In Tenerife, two boats carrying 49 and 80 immigrants arrived.

In Gran Canaria, seven were detained and 58 were arrested in Lanzarote.

But an unknown number are hidding on the beaches and areas nearby on each island,

The arrival of illegal immigrants comes as temperatures are rising and the seas are calmer making a crossing from Africa easier.

Last year, the Canary Islands authorities were overcome by a tide of immigrants from West Africa.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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