The EFE news agency reported that 623 people arrived in the Canary Islands in boats between Saturday and Monday. Another 150 migrants arrived in the Spanish archipelago during the day on Monday 24 January. They were rescued by Spanish teams operating off the Canary Islands. Among the survivors are five minors and 23 women.
According to the Spanish press, more than 2,000 migrants have arrived in the Canary Islands via the dangerous Atlantic route since the beginning of this year.
In a recent publication, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) reported that 6,952 migrants arrived in the Canary Islands between January and June 2021 compared to 2020 (2,706 migrants), an increase of 156%. In September 2021, the UN agency said it was extremely concerned about the sharp increase in deaths and disappearances at sea of migrants trying to reach the Canary Islands along the West African coast.
By the end of August 2021, the IOM Missing Migrants Project counted 785 people, including 177 women and 50 children, who have died or gone missing since the beginning of the year while en route to the Canary Islands.