Spain: 59,048 migrant arrivals by boat in 2018, so far, trebles 2017 figures

Spain: 59,048 migrant arrivals by boat in 2018, so far, trebles 2017 figures 

Migrants disembark from the Spanish Rescue Service’s ship which took them to the port of Motril after being rescued near to Alboran island, in Motril, Granada, Spain, Dec 2, 2018. A Spanish government report published Dec 4, 2018, showed the number of irregular migrants entering Spanish territory, by land and sea, has trebled compared last year’s figures. EPA-EFE (FILE) /Miguel Paquet

Madrid, Dec 4 (efe-epa).- A Spanish government report published Tuesday showed the number of irregular migrants entering Spanish territory, by land and sea, has trebled compared last year’s figures.

According to a report from the Ministry of Interior, the number of migrants arriving to Spain across the Mediterranean grew by a factor of three between Jan 1 and Nov 30, 2018, totaling 59,048 individuals of which 52,795 persons did so by boat, compared to 19,924 during the same period in 2017.

This upsurge means the number of migrants arriving by boat during the first eleven months of 2018 rose by 165 percent. If both land and sea arrivals are accounted for, the increase totals 129 percent.

Most of the arrivals by sea did so through Spain’s Mediterranean and Balearic coastline: 50,325 persons on board 1,818 vessels compared to 18,845 who did so in 2017 aboard 1,118 boats.

So far this year, the Canary Islands have received 1,263 migrants on board 63 boats compared to the same 2017 period which registered 403 migrants on 17 boats

In the Spanish autonomous enclave of Melilla, located in North Africa, 777 persons arrived on 30 migrant boats while the previous year 438 migrants on 21 boats were registered.

As regards to Ceuta, another autonomous city in North Africa, 430 landed on its beaches on board 42 boats compared to 238 migrants on 27 boats in 2017.

The Interior ministry also reported an additional 6,253 arrivals through Spain’s North African territories: Melilla took in 4,378 (3,847 in 2017) and Ceuta, 1,875 (2,015 in 2017.)

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