Migrants rescued off Canary Islands

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Dozens of African migrants attempting to reach the Canary Islands in a battered wooden canoe were rescued off the Spanish archipelago, emergency services said.

The 37 migrants, one a child, were rescued by the Spanish coastguard six miles off Gran Canaria after attempting to make the crossing from North Africa, the Canary Islands emergency services said on Twitter.

The sub-Saharan migrants were all male, they added.

While migrant arrivals in Spain as a whole, are down 46% compared to the same period last year, the Canary Islands have seen a 37% rise, according to data from Spain’s Interior Ministry.



Crossing to the islands, in the Atlantic Ocean off Morocco, is a dangerous route for migrants. Dozens died last year attempting to make the crossing, according to the UN International Organisation for Migration.