Hawke's Bay Today

Migrant search


Spanish rescue workers have been combing the seas and shores of southern Spain, searching for 17 missing migrants a day after finding the bodies of 17 other migrants who died trying to cross the Mediterran­ean in boats departing from North Africa. The United Nations says more than 2160 people have died trying to cross the Mediterran­ean to Europe this year, 564 of them trying to reach Spain. Nearly 54,000 migrants have entered Europe this year through Spain, more than the combined migrant arrivals to Italy and Greece, which had been the most popular migrant destinatio­ns in previous years. One-fifth of them arrived in October, according to UN statistics.

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