Tide of would-be immigrants continues to rise
7 July 2005, MALAGA — Three small boats carrying at least 130 would-be immigrants from Africa to southern Spain were intercepted by patrols.
7 July 2005
MALAGA — Three small boats carrying at least 130 would-be immigrants from Africa to southern Spain were intercepted by patrols.
The first to be stopped at sea was near the port of Motril, in Andalucía.
It was carrying seven men who were all in need of medical attention.
Near the port of Almería, another 'patera', or small boat, carrying between 50 and 70 people was intercepted by Guardia Civil patrols.
Lastly, a third boat with at least 65 immigrants, 20 apparently all minors, was stopped in water near Nerja, 15 nautical miles to the south of Malaga.
All appeared to be under-nourished, dehydrated and very tired.
Six were suffering from mild hyperthermia and were taken to hospital.
Most immigrants who arrive by boat come from the northern Morocco coast or El Aaiun to the south of the country.
According to latest figures, since 1999 and May this year, 35, 561 immigrants, 95 percent of them from sub-Saharan countries arrived in the Canary Islands via El Aiun.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news