Greater than 18,000 folks fleeing poverty, violence or different circumstances at dwelling have arrived in Spain’s Canary Islands this yr, a 1,000% improve from the identical interval in 2019, and over 500 have died within the try. Round half of these arrivals — and many of the deaths — have been up to now 30 days, a spike that has strained sources on the archipelago.

“COVID is destroying African economies, because it has additionally had a big impact on European economies, we knew that one of many penalties of this pandemic was going to be a rise in migration,” González Laya advised reporters after the assembly.

The Spanish minister rebuffed accusations of poor administration and preparation by Spain in coping with the migrant arrivals, leading to hundreds of them sleeping beneath tents on the dock of Arguineguin within the island of Gran Canaria for days, typically weeks, in unsanitary situations.

Human rights teams have been warning concerning the reopening of the Atlantic path to the Canary Islands since late 2019, when arrivals started rising slowly.

“It is rather tough to accuse a authorities or to say {that a} authorities shouldn’t be sufficiently ready to obtain a really great amount (of individuals) in a really quick time period,” she mentioned.

Native rights teams in Senegal have been protesting the deaths of what they are saying are almost 500 youths who died at sea in current weeks making an attempt to achieve European soil.

The Worldwide Group for Migration’s Lacking Migrants mission mentioned it has solely been in a position to affirm the loss of life or disappearance of 160 Senegalese nationals thus far this yr, however admits their information could also be incomplete due to the lack of knowledge collected on the migration route.

Moise Diar Diegane Sarr, secretary of state to the minister of overseas affairs and Senegalese overseas, mentioned that bilateral cooperation was mentioned between the 2 international locations. He participated within the assembly between Spain’s overseas minister and Senegalese counterpart Aïssata Tall Sall.

“The query of irregular migration is shared,” he mentioned. “We mentioned this and wish to fight it collectively.”

He mentioned they mentioned the financing of initiatives that aide the return of migrants and likewise that may assist repair the potential of future irregular migration. Sarr mentioned they’d work with Spain to extend authorized methods for Senegalese to work in Europe, together with round migration applications.

About 10% of Senegal’s gross home product in 2019 got here from remittances despatched to the nation by its residents residing and dealing overseas, primarily in Europe, in line with the World Financial institution.

Throughout her go to to Senegal, González Laya mentioned Spain was sending an extra patrol vessel and a maritime statement airplane along with the prevailing two Spanish patrol boats and helicopter stationed in Senegal to assist the nation sort out the migration.

“They arrive after a dialogue with the Senegalese authorities, as a result of on this matter, which is to assist them management the nation’s exits, it’s they who work hand in hand with us,” she mentioned.

AP journalist Renata Brito in Barcelona, Spain, contributed to this report.

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