We believe this is the worst tragedy in the Western Mediterranean this year – 49 sub-Saharan Africans trying to get to Spain after the lack of ships that are traveling on the dump.
His boat was found cleared 28 nautical miles west of the island of Alboran, halfway between the coast of Morocco and Spain.
Three survivors were rescued Tuesday by the Spanish coast guard. Men between 17 and two men out of 25 were taken in Tarifa for the treatment of hypothermia and burns.
But hope has disappeared to find the other life. The ship had apparently set up with 52 people on board on Sunday morning and had been displaced for days before being hit by a strong wave.
There was a sharp rise in immigrant arrivals on the southern coast of Spain this year.
Since the beginning of 2017, 6,464 immigrants have crossed the Mediterranean in Spain, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
The total in 2016 was just over 8,000 immigrants last year, representing only 2% of all “irregular” arrivals to the EU.
The vast majority of the 101 000 people who crossed the Mediterranean this year came from Italy. The number of deaths increased to 2,247.
Even before the tragedy, 60 migrants have drowned in the western Mediterranean this year. The Andalusian Human Rights Charity APDHA estimates 6,000 people have been drowning in trying to cross the water body since 1997.
“At present, we have the ability to handle this, but it stretches us,” said Samuel Linares, provincial coordinator of the Red Cross in Malaga, on the southern coast of Spain.
“The resources of the province of Malaga were carried out to the figures arrived there two or three years and since then have multiplied by three or four times.”
Where do the migrants?
The vast majority of migrants from Spain are the sub-Saharans who flee from poverty or conflict in their country of origin.
Many of those who make the trip are from West African countries like Guinea or Ivory Coast. A common route is by road to Mali and Algeria, and Morocco, which at its closest point, is only eight nautical miles from the Spanish peninsula.
Migrants often camp in the forests near the ports of Nador as in northern Morocco, as they prepare for the end of their course.
Although traffickers are often involved in arranging boat trips, migrant groups also include money for motorized inflatable boats out of the Moroccan coast.
The generally quiet summer months are especially popular for level crossings but, as shown by the last tragedy unleashed a wave or an unexpected moment can make the trip fatal.
Internal factors in some countries can also encourage departures. The recent riots in the Rif region in northern Morocco, for example, triggered a new migratory trend.
“People coming to Spain aboard ships were generally sub-Saharan,” said Jon Iñárritu, a senator who sits on the national and foreign affairs committees.
Immigrants arriving in Spain or Spanish waters receive medical care before being placed in custody, then lodged in the short term in a migrants’ living center or in an accommodation provided by an NGO.
And when they have recovered, this will probably be the fate of the three survivors of the western Alboran rescue.
Many who arrive missing documents and are often reluctant to reveal their true country of origin, especially if there is a repatriation agreement with Spain.