More than 280 migrants rescued in Atlantic off Canary Islands

Las Palmas, Spain, Apr 19 (EFE).- Over 280 migrants were rescued on Wednesday by the Spanish coast guard in the Atlantic Ocean between the Canary Islands and the African coast.

The 284 North African and sub-Saharan migrants were traveling in five small boats.

The so-called Atlantic route, from the African coast to the Canary Islands, is considered the deadliest of all migration routes, with crossings often exceeding 450 kilometers, and even reaching 1,000 kilometers.

According to information from the Spanish Ministry of the Interior, last year 28,930 irregular immigrants arrived in Spain by sea, with 15,682 of them using the Atlantic route.

So far this year, the arrival of irregular migrants has been reduced by 44 % compared to 2022. EFE


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