Last year, 2,390 migrants died trying to reach Spain

Last year, 2,390 migrants died trying to reach Spain

AA/Madrid/Mennatallah Ahmed

In 2022, 2,390 people will be dead or missing on the irregular migration route to Spain.

This is according to a report published on Wednesday by the Spanish NGO Walking Borders, revealing the number of irregular migrants who died or went missing while trying to reach Spain in the past year. .

The aid organization said the number of migrants who died or went missing while trying to reach Spain “amounted to 2,390 people last year”.

The report also explained that among the victims are “288 women and 101 children”, noting that most of them died “trying to reach the Spanish Canary Islands by boat”.

The NGO has also warned against an irregular migration route which is becoming increasingly popular at present, linking Algeria to the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea in Spain. And to report that at least 464 people who took this road died there in 2022.

Walking Borders based its report on its own figures collected from families of irregular migrants and on statistics from rescue teams.

It should be noted that the International Organization for Migration announced earlier that 2,556 people lost their lives trying to reach Europe last year, including 1,126 who died on the way to Europe. West Africa and the Atlantic Ocean, and 260 others on the Western Mediterranean route.

The number of irregular migrants arriving in Spain fell by 25.6% in 2022, according to figures from the Spanish Ministry of the Interior.

In 2021, 41,945 migrants completed their journey compared to 31,219 in 2022.

*Translated from Arabic by Hajer Cherni


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