- Title: Spanish coast guard rescues 52 migrants near Gran Canaria
- Date: 29th December 2019
- Summary: ARGUINEGUIN, GRAN CANARIA, SPAIN (DECEMBER 29, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SPANISH RESCUE VESSEL ARRIVING AT PORT VARIOUS OF VESSEL DOCKING VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS DISEMBARKING AND BEING ASSISTED BY RED CROSS MEMBERS POLICE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES AT PORT MIGRANTS DISEMBARKING / RESCUE WORKER THROWING MATERIAL FROM VESSEL RED CROSS WORKER PUSHING WHEEL CHAIR / POLICE AT PORT MIGRANTS DISEMBARKING AND RESCUE WORKERS THROWING MATERIAL FROM VESSEL
- Embargoed: 12th January 2020 18:00
- Keywords: African migrants Gran Canaria North Africa Red Cross Spain Spanish coast guard refugees
- Location: ARGUINEGUIN, GRAN CANARIA, SPAIN
- City: ARGUINEGUIN, GRAN CANARIA, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Asylum/Immigration/Refugees,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001BC13J2F
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Spanish coast guard picked up a boat carrying 52 African migrants in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday (December 29) and transported them to the port of Arguineguin on the island of Gran Canaria, Spain.
The migrants were all men and some could have been minors, according to the Red Cross.
Thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East embark on the perilous journey by sea every year hoping to make it to Europe.
Spain's Ministry of Interior reported that as of December 15, a total of 24,796 irregular migrants had arrived in Spain by sea.
The report said Spain had a 50% decrease of irregular migrant arrivals but the route through the Canary Islands has been increasing, with 115 boats arriving over the last few weeks.
(Production: Borja Suarez, Miguel Gutierrez, Michael Fiorentino)
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