The Canary Islands have close to 6,000 “menas”: Sánchez wants to force Spanish regions to welcome minor immigrants

“We are in a situation of true emergency.†This is how the president of the regional government of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, reacts to the escalation of the migration problem in the archipelago, which records data never seen before. In the first six months of the year, 19 thousand people arrived on those islands – more than triple the number in 2023 – aboard precarious canoes and boats venturing along the Atlantic route, the most dangerous of the two. They are used by mafias that traffic immigrants.

Most of these people come from Guinea, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Mauritania. These African States, reluctant to receive citizens returned by countries of arrival, live, to a certain extent, on emigration. Remittances sent by those leaving represent 11% of Senegal’s GDP and 23% of Gambia’s, according to data from the World Bank.

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Francesco Giganti

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