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Al Jazeera 22 Nov 2020

Canary Islands migrants: Spain struggles as African arrivals rise

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Migrants and refugees from Africa are arriving in Spain's Canary Islands at record levels, forcing authorities to housing authorities to house them in military sites.
The government has also contacted Moroccan and Senegalese officials to try to stem the flow of migrants arriving by sea.

Al Jazeera's Cara Legg reports.


Hundreds of migrants have recently been evicted by police from a crowded dock in Spain's Canary Islands, after a surge in arrivals of migrants from Africa. But thousands still remain stranded in what critics say are inhumane conditions at the port.

A total of 16,700 migrants have reached the Canary Islands so far this year, which is 10 times more than last year, according to official data seen by the Spanish public broadcaster RTVE.
There has been a sharp increase in the number of West African migrants attempting to reach the Canary Islands in recent months.
The bodies of eight migrants have been recovered on Spain's Canary Islands after their boat capsized on Tuesday.
The boat was one of 17 intercepted in the islands' waters in just 24 hours.
The European Union has struggled to come up with a plan which eases the burden on the Mediterranean countries taking most of the strain.
Spain says it will provide more tents and hotels are being turned into temporary accommodation - but it is hard to keep up.
More migrants have arrived in November than in the last four years combined.

Al Jazeera's Charlotte Bellis reports.
Hundreds of boats carrying at least 1,000 migrants have landed in the Canary Islands over the past week.
The Red Cross says the Spanish islands haven't seen numbers like that since 2006.
Most of the people making the journey come from West Africa.
Al Jazeera's Nicolas Haque has more from Senegal's capital Dakar.

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