The NGO “Caminando Fronteras” published a study showing that 2,170 immigrants died in 2020 in an attempt to reach Spain.
“Caminando Fronteras”, an NGO that specializes in monitoring the migratory flux, showed that the majority of immigrants who perished in 2020 were mostly found in the Atlantic Ocean. According to the NGO, 85% of the deaths, that is 1,851, were from shipwrecks intended to reach the Canary Islands.
The Spanish Ministry of the Interior declared that, between January 1st and November 30th of 2020, 19,566 immigrants landed in the Canary Islands. In 2019, only 1,993 arrived to the islands.
After tightening the control in the Mediterranean shores, the Canary Islands became the major destination of immigrants to arrive to Europe. After the increase in the migratory flux, the Spanish government prepared an emergency plan that aims at creating 7,000 temporary housing to the immigrants in the archipelago. The European Union contributes with 84 million euros to the plan.
Last November, the Spanish Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, declared that “the Canary Islands will not become the new Lesbos.”