The Spanish government is working out an emergency plan to deal with the massive arrival of potential immigrants to the archipelago, with figures that far exceed those of previous years. Moroccans, who bear the brunt of the economic consequences of the absence of tourists in their country, are particularly numerous.
Latest figure: this Wednesday, November 18, between 4 a.m. and 4:30 a.m., the Spanish maritime rescue services intercepted in their territorial waters two makeshift boats with 53 people on board.
The previous night, on the night of Monday 16 to Tuesday 17 November, there were a dozen boats loaded with applicants for immigration to the Canary Islands – therefore Spain. Result, headlined Tuesday the regional daily Canary Islands7 : “Maritime rescue saves 291 people” possible fatal shipwrecks.
These nearly 300 people were brought to the port of Mogán, located in the archipelago’s most populous city, Las Palmas, on the island of Gran Canaria.
Every day has its share of survivors, especially when these makeshift boats come from far away, such as Senegal or Mauritania. On the quay of Arguineguín, in the port of Mogán, the ten Red Cross tents were quickly overwhelmed.
A figure that has doubled in one month
The greater part of the archipelago, located off the Moroccan coast, does not manage to