July 31, 2021


World News

Dozens of migrant boats pile up in Canary Islands port amid record arrivals

Dozens of small boats used by migrants to reach the Canary Islands have been piling up in Arinaga, on Gran Canaria, amid record numbers of migrants arriving on the islands.

Many of the vessels still hold personal effects, as well as clothing and flotation devices, left behind by migrants.

Fisherman and sailors have raised complaints about the boats not being collected after migrants are rescued, with the vessels being left to sink to the bottom of the sea.

In order to avoid this situation, around a hundred small boats are being accumulated at Arinaga’s port​, creating effectively a boat graveyard.

The Canary Islands are currently experiencing a record increase in migrants reaching their shores.

More than 17,000 people have arrived from Africa to the Islands during this year, more than 10 times the number seen in 2019.