The Spanish coast guard migrants to the port of Arguineguin, on the island of Gran Canaria, Spain, on November 2 (Picture: Reuters)
Two bodies were found among those rescued from four boats off the island of El Hierro, while another two died in hospital.
Women and children were among those saved by both the coast guard and the Spanish Civil Guard, the coast guard said today.
The numbers of migrants who have arrived on the archipelago this year is approaching the record high figure of 31,678 recorded in 2006, when other routes to Europe were blocked off.
Spain’s interior ministry said on Thursday that 30,705 undocumented migrants had reached the Canary Islands in the first 10 months of this year, a 111% increase on the same period in 2022.
It’s thought milder and calmer seas since September have encouraged has prompted more crossings recently, although the journey is still considered perilous.
The Canary Islands accounted for the bulk of the 43,290 undocumented migrants arriving in Spain by sea last year.
A group of migrants are towed to Arguineguin on October 21 (Picture: Reuters)
It’s location, around 100km (60 miles) off Africa’s west coast has made it the main gateway to Spain and the rest of Europe for people from countries such as Senegal fleeing conflict or seeking a better life.
Meanwhile, in the UK, a group of migrant men have created a cookbook with 38 recipes and stories of each author’s life.
The 22 men, who come from countries across the world, detail their direct experience of the UK’s immigration system, including loneliness, exclusion and homelessness.
They are all part of a group called GIANT, a support group for migrant men where the book was developed over two years, with a member cooking a dish from their country each week and talking about the significance of food in their lives and culture.
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Two bodies were found on the boats and two migrants died in hospital.