365 migrants and 12 boats arrive in the Canary Islands in less than 24 hours


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A total of 365 migrants in 12 boats and cayucos have reached the coasts of the Canary Islands in the last 24 hours. The vessels, located in waters near Gran Canaria and Lanzarote They have been rescued by Maritime Rescue since yesterday afternoon, Tuesday morning today.

In Gran Canaria, as detailed in the reports of humanitarian assistance from the Red Cross, they have arrived on board 6 boats a total of 182 people that have been transferred to the Arguineguín dock, in Mogán, while they have arrived in Lanzarote another 6 with 210 occupants, which have been taken to Los Cocoteros, Las Escamas and Muelle de la Cebolla, in the municipalities of Haría and Arrecife.

Landing of rescued migrants in waters near Gran Canaria
Disembarkation of rescued migrants in waters near Gran Canaria – EFE / Javier Fuentes

In one of the boats rescued yesterday afternoon on the coast near Lanzarote, in addition to 30 migrants, the corpse of one of the occupants was also traveling, died during the crossing. The boat was located about 5 kilometers east of Arrieta, where Salvamar Al Nair went.

Will grow in the next 10 years

The ‘IStrategic and Prospective Intelligence Report‘presented this Wednesday by Marta García Outón and Ignacio del Corral, from the consultancy GIASP Intelligence & Strategy, foresees an increase in the number of arrivals of boats and cayucos and an increase in the migratory phenomenon to the Canary Islands, Spain and Europe in the next 10 years .

Therefore, following the conclusions of the study, it will be necessary to work on an anticipation methodology to manage this increased migration. García Outón has pointed out that until now “both at European and national level we have been reacting to a phenomenon that has been very difficult to manage”.

It is a context «increasingly globalized and uncertain“, So the study points out that we must bet on the long term, in addition to the work carried out in the short and medium term. In this sense, he said, Spain has” the fundamental role of taking the initiative to European level for establish such strategic-level agreements with Africa and West African strategic partnersl “and, above all, work” with the countries of origin and transit that are affected by the immense migratory flow “.

In his opinion, it is necessary to have «a comprehensive approach to the situation, not only from the social and migratory sphere “because, in the end, this phenomenon” touches on issues related to security or economic issues in these countries “, since migration is motivated by”the economic situation and insecurity in the countries of origin»And could be increased by conflicts, problems of drought and climate change, the increase in the population in Africa, which will make countries in Africa even more difficult places to live.

Landing of rescued migrants in waters near Gran Canaria
Disembarkation of rescued migrants in waters near Gran Canaria – EFE / Javier Fuentes

Do not return to the ‘Pier of Shame’

The Government delegate in the Canary Islands, Anselmo Pestana, who has pointed out that the increase in boats registered in the last week in the archipelago «it was something expected after the summer months»Oy highlighted that this year«there are means to manage the migration crisis that did not exist last year.

“We knew what was going to happen and that we were going to have days of a lot of tension”, and he recalled that this year more than twice as many people have arrived as last year at this stage.

«It is possible that in these months let’s have tension with the centers But today we have capabilities and we are going to see if we can achieve that beyond having days in which we have problems, those capabilities that we have endowed ourselves with and that we did not have last year serve to manage this phenomenon, “he explained to make special emphasis on that these months are quite hard for emergency services and that you trust that There will not be situations like those experienced last year at the Arguineguín dock.

Close the Canary Route

The Government delegate in the Canary Islands, Anselmo Pestana, has pointed out that the aim and the final objective is to be able to close the so-called ‘Canary route’ because it is the “worst” having the highest number of deaths, advocating for give other solutions to a subject, which, as he insisted, “is very complex.”

“We have to make legal flows, that people have the hope that they can leave legally, reach Europe and have that future they are looking for, “he said.

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