Migrant rescues on the rise
By Alex Watkins THE NUMBER of boats carrying migrants reaching the waters of the Valencia region this year has been three times that of 2016, rising from five to 15, informed the delegate of the government for Valencia, Juan Carlos Moragues.
A total of 126 people arrived on these boats between January 1 and August 31, 2017, compared to just 48 on the five boats last year.
On a visit to the maritime rescue service (SASEMAR) regional air base, Sr Moragues thanked those whose work has been ‘crucial’ for dealing with these emergencies.
“Their rapid and professional work is the key to be able to rescue the people on board and bring them to port in decent condition,” he stated.
The Red Cross have recorded a similar rise in the number of migrants and refugees who have entered Spain either on boats over the fences of Ceuta and Melilla, from 5,154 in the first eight months of 2016 to 11,043 in the same period of 2017.
The majority of these were in Cádiz, Almería and Motril (Granada) by their humanitarian aid immediate emergency response teams (ERIE), which also operate in Ceuta, Málaga and Melilla.
Over the same period, the number of immigrants who came to Málaga rose from 503 to 977.
The most intense period of activity in Alicante province was August 25-26.
During these two days nine boats came, five of which were taken to the city’s port, another to Cartagena and three more were found empty in Altea, Calpe and El Campello.
A total of 79 people were arrested around the province for trying to enter the country illegally over these two days.
Migrants on their way to Spain
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