Migrants rescued off Spanish coast


Over 300 migrants in seven dinghies were rescued off Spain’s southern coast after attempting to cross the sea from Morocco, the Spanish maritime rescue service said.

Of the 317 migrants, mainly northern African and sub-Saharan, there were 31 children and a baby, the maritime rescue service added.

Spain this year reported a spike in the number of migrants coming into the country by sea or trying to cross the borders in its two North African enclaves, Ceuta and Melilla, and numbers are expected to double compared to 2016.

Government data shows migrant arrivals in Spain are on track to reach 11,000 compared to the 5,000 average between 2010 and 2016. Many more migrants are using the sea route between Libya and Italy to try and reach Europe.