Mi­grant res­cues on the rise

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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

The stat­ues were re­cov­ered from pri­vate col­lec­tions

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