124 migrants rescued at sea off Spain in 48 hours

Migratory pressure continues, 63,085 arrivals this year

27 December, 14:09

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, DECEMBER 27 - More than 124 migrants aboard four boats have been rescued in the past 48 hours in the Alboran Sea and the Strait of Gibraltar, the majority of whom are from sub-Saharan Africa, according to sources with Spain's Maritime Rescue service.

    Between December 24 and 25 it rescued 253 people on seven boats in the Western Mediterranean Sea, where migratory pressure remains high.

    According to figures from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), since the start of the year through December 19, more than 63,085 migrants have illegally entered Spain, nearly triple the 28,707 registered in 2017.

    Of the migrants 'sin papeles' who have reached Spanish territory, 56,480 came by sea, while 6,605 climbed the high metal fences at the borders of the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in North Africa.

    The number of dead and missing at sea has also gone up, with at least 701 deaths in the same period. (ANSAmed).

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