The Canary Islands have registered the highest number of migrant arrivals by boat since 2006, according to local media reports on Saturday.

More than 700 migrants in 22 boats arrived on the Canaries on Friday, newspaper La Provincia wrote.

They were reportedly travelling across the Atlantic in small fishing boats called cayucos and taken in by sea

This marked the highest number of arrivals in one day since 2006. During that year, more than 31,000 migrants in ships reached the archipelago, which belongs to Spain.

This year, an increasing number of migrants have tried to reach the Canaries again. Some 7,500 have
arrived since January, compared to 2,700 last year, broadcaster RTVE reported.

The Canary Islands lie 100 kilometres off the West African coast, though crossing the open Atlantic is a dangerous feat for the migrants’ small boats, and there are only estimates about the number of people who did not make it and died in the attempt.

Disclaimer: News Ghana is not responsible for the reportage or opinions of contributors published on the website.

Send your news stories to [email protected] and via WhatsApp on +1-508-812-0505 

Previous articleIran introduces fines for violations of coronavirus rules
Next articleCeasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan enters into force
The Ghana news Agency (GNA) was established on March 5, 1957, i.e. on the eve of Ghana's independence and charged with the "dissemination of truthful unbiased news". It was the first news agency to be established in Sub-Saharan Africa. GNA was part of a comprehensive communication policy that sought to harness the information arm of the state to build a viable, united and cohesive nation-state. GNA has therefore been operating in the unique role of mobilizing the citizens for nation building, economic and social development, national unity and integration.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here