300 African Migrants Missing Off Spanish Canary Islands


Three migrants boats carrying more than 300 people from Senegal to Spain’s Canary Islands have vanished.

Two boats, one with about 65 people on board and the other with between 50 and 60, have been missing for 15 days, according to the migrant relief organization Walking Borders, which made the announcement on Sunday.

The third boat, which had roughly 200 people aboard, reportedly left Senegal on June 27 in an attempt to reach Spain, according to the report.

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The relatives of those on board have not heard from them since they departed their various locations, according to Helena Maleno of Walking Borders.

Approximately 1,700 kilometers (1,057 miles) from Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands, the three boats departed from Kafountine in the southern part of Senegal.

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The family is quite concerned. The same region of Senegal is home to roughly 300 individuals. The turmoil in Senegal was the reason they departed, according to Maleno.

A significantly smaller number of migrants now prefer to travel to the Canary Islands off the coast of West Africa instead of trying to traverse the Mediterranean Sea to the Spanish peninsula.

According to Reuters, the peak season for all attempted crossings is the summer.

Migration from sub-Saharan Africa often follows one of the world’s deadliest routes, the Atlantic.

Attempts to reach the Canary Islands resulted in at least 559 fatalities in 2022, including 22 children, according to statistics from the International Organization for Migration.