Over the weekend, another 400 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean and brought to regions in the south of Spain. According to IOM, Spain has become the new main destination of irregular migrants.
According to the Spanish public broadcaster RTVE, another 400 migrants have been rescued by the Spanish sea rescue service in the western Mediterranean Sea over the weekend. The total number of the rescued migrants since Friday counts now more than 1,100, the broadcaster reported.
The refugees – who are believed to be from Maghreb countries and the Sub-Saharan region – were traveling on more than 50 boats in the Alboran Sea and in the Strait of Gibraltar.
The rescuers took the migrants to several ports in southern Spain, in the region of Andalusia, including the cities of Tarifa and Malaga.
On Friday, Spain's Maritime Rescue Service had already rescued several hundreds of people trying to cross the Mediterranean from northern Africa. 294 migrants were navigating the Strait of Gibraltar aboard 17 boats, another 156 migrants were rescued from three boats in the Alboran Sea, making it one of the busiest days for rescuers to far in July, the Service said.
Main route via Spain
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced last week that Spain was the new main destination for irregular migrants.
The number of refugees on the western Mediterranean route almost tripled in the first half of 2018 as compared to the same period in 2017. Now, the number of maritime migrants exceeds the scale of maritime migrant arrivals in Italy and Greece.