105 sub-Saharan Africans, among men, women and minors, were rescued at 00:05 on Saturday and transferred this Sunday to the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Río Segura boat of the Civil Guard, where they were treated by the Red Cross. EFE / Ramón de la Rocha
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain), Dec 19 (EFE) .- Four precarious boats arrived this Sunday in the Spanish Canary Islands with 198 immigrants, who join the 415 rescued on Saturday by emergency services, including several women and minors.
The immigrants, both Maghreb and Sub-Saharan, left the African continent for this Spanish archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean.
Those assisted yesterday traveled in seven boats, including a canoe with 105 people of sub-Saharan origin.
The Canary Islands suffer a strong migratory pressure intensified in 2020, when 23,000 people arrived by sea irregularly due to the serious socioeconomic crisis caused by COVID-19 in Africa, among other reasons.
Another 20,752 entered from January to December 16, reported the Spanish Ministry of the Interior.
This Atlantic migration route has caused at least 937 deaths in the first eleven months of the year, according to the United Nations Organization for Migration (IOM), although NGOs estimate that the victims are many more.