Canary Islands appeal to UN

The Canary Islands Government has called on the UN and the international community to help with the emergency surrounding the constant arrival of immigrants to the island by boat.

This weekend alone over a thousand immigrants arrived on the island. Today another 135 have already arrived. This unprecedented situation has forced the local authorities to ask for outside help. Some of the immigrants had to be hospitalized due to dehydration and hypothermia.

The boats travel as far as 800 and 1200 kilometres from Senegal and the Gambia. The Director of Family Protection José Luis Arregui, has called the situation an ‘international crisis’ and members of the Canary Islands government have called on the international community to help confront the tragedy. Some of the immigrants arriving on the island are children and adolescents.

It is expected that many more boats will arrive on the Canary Islands over the next few days due to favourable conditions at sea.

See also:
Immigration in Spain