Migration: arrivals of migrants to the Canary Islands from Morocco up 50% until May

SAccording to data from the Spanish Interior Ministry consulted by the news agency Europa Pressmigration attributable to "Moroccan Road" to the Canary Islands increased by 50% to reach 8,268 arrivals until May 31 compared to the same period in 2021. A number that triples the figures recorded since "the Algerian road" to the Balearic Islands and other points on the Spanish mainland, which is seeing a 35% drop to 2,824 arrivals in the first five months of 2022.

Since March, when Spain announced a new stage in its bilateral relations with Morocco, arrivals to the Canary Islands have increased month on month, from 431 in March to 697 in April and then to 1,644 in may. These figures are still far from those recorded by sea to the Balearic Islands and the Peninsula, from Algeria, with 29 arrivals in March, 551 in April and 609 in May.

No button to stop the flow of boats

If the police sources quoted by Europa Press admitted that they do not exclude a resumption of the arrivals of small boats from Algeria, these claim however not to reach comparable figures during the crisis between the two kingdoms, specifying that the forecasts of migratory flows are developed with “great caution due to several factors”.

In effect, “Neither Morocco, nor Algeria, nor anyone else has a button to pull or completely stop the flow of boats”continues the same source, which also mentions differences in terrain as well as other parameters.

According to the Iberian Police, in 2021, 40% of illegal migration arrived on the Spanish coast from Morocco, 30% came from Algeria and the remaining 30% was attributed to sub-Saharan countries.

The Interior regularly points out that, thanks to cooperation with countries of origin and transit, 40% of departures are prevented. The first five months of 2022 saw a 15.8% growth in irregular arrivals (12,531) to Spanish territories.

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