The trade of “death ships” to the “Canaries” grows

The number of irregular immigrants to the Canary Islands increased in recent weeks with the improvement of the weather, which doubled the traffic of “death boats”, since the percentage of these boats increased by 27 percent during the month of July.

Several local newspapers in the Canary Islands, including the newspaper ‘El Día’, indicated that the number of irregular immigrants who assaulted the coasts of the southern Canary Islands amounted to more than 9,589 people in just one month.

The Canary Islands continue to rank first in terms of irregular immigration rates in the Kingdom of Spain, despite a slight decrease compared to the same period in the last two seasons.

The number of irregular immigrants who arrived on Spanish soil exceeded 16,718 people last July, 3.3 percent more than in the same period of 2021, despite the downward trend in the number of arrivals in Spain from the shores.

The vast majority of immigrants entered Spain by sea, during the period from January to July, when the security authorities put their number at 14,996 people, who used more than 757 “ghost ships”; Some 1,722 irregular immigrants by land entered the Kingdom of Spain through the ports of Ceuta and Melilla, 38.8 percent more than in the same period in 2021.

According to official statistics, more than 7,531 illegal immigrants arrived on the Canary coast during the first months of 2021, using some 200 boats intended for immigration. During the year, the number of used boats increased by 6 percent.

The Canary Islands, with its largest metropolis, Las Palmas, witness the arrival of a large number of boats, since the departure is usually from the coasts of the cities of southern Morocco, especially Tan-Tan and Dakhla, as well as the coasts Mauritanian. that are used by human trafficking networks on the African coast.

Las Palmas is the city concerned about irregular migration in the Canary Islands in the last period; This led the local authorities to alert the regional government about the escalation of the immigration waves during the last weeks, due to the improvement of the weather.