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    Mauritania: Canary Islands, the New Lampedusa – Desperate Migrants Risk Perilous Crossing

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    Nouakchott, Mauritania – (African Boulevard News) – Becoming Lampedusa: Migrant Arrivals Surge on Remote Spanish Island

    In recent weeks, a surge in migrant arrivals has been witnessed on a remote Spanish island, mirroring the situation in Lampedusa, Italy. The Canary Islands, located off the coast of Morocco, have become the new focal point for desperate migrants seeking a better life in Europe. Calmer seas have triggered an increase in the number of migrants attempting to reach the Canaries from Mauritania and Senegal, with experts pointing to the tightening controls in other transit routes as a key factor.

    Despite being more than 1,000 kilometers away from the Spanish mainland, the Canary Islands have become an attractive destination for migrants due to its proximity to the African continent. The calm waters have made it easier for migrants to cross, but the perilous journey remains fraught with danger.

    According to figures from the Spanish Ministry of Interior, over 6,000 migrants have arrived in the Canaries this year, more than double the number compared to the same period in 2022. This influx has put immense pressure on the resources and infrastructure of the islands, which are ill-equipped to handle such a large number of arrivals.

    Experts argue that the surge in arrivals is a result of increased border control measures in other parts of North Africa and the Mediterranean. With stricter surveillance along traditional routes, migrants are forced to seek alternative pathways to reach European shores. The Canary Islands have become the new frontier, and authorities are struggling to cope with the sudden influx.

    Although Spain has made efforts to provide humanitarian aid and support to the migrants, critics argue that more needs to be done. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has urged the European Union to step up its assistance and collaborate with African countries to address the root causes of migration. The agency emphasizes the importance of improving living conditions and economic opportunities in the migrants’ countries of origin to reduce the desire to undertake such perilous journeys.

    In response to the crisis, the Spanish government has deployed additional resources, including naval patrols, to control the influx of migrants. However, critics argue that these measures are short-term solutions and emphasize the need for a comprehensive and coordinated approach to address the issue.

    The surge in migrant arrivals on the Canary Islands highlights the desperate situation faced by many individuals from Africa who are seeking a better life. It underscores the urgent need for international cooperation to tackle the root causes of migration and provide support to those in need.

    As the situation continues to unfold, it is clear that the Canary Islands cannot bear the burden alone. A collective effort is required to find sustainable solutions that prioritize the safety and well-being of migrants, while also addressing the underlying challenges that drive people to embark on such perilous journeys.

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