Migrants Feared Dead After Dinghy Found Off Canary Coast

Spanish authorities said several migrants are missing and feared dead after discovering a dinghy adrift in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday.Spain’s coast guard said they rescued 13 people on board the vessel in rough seas near the Canary Islands. 

According to humanitarian groups, witnesses said about 28 people are still missing. 

Meanwhile, at least 44 migrants drowned off the coast of Western Sahara while trying to reach Europe on Sunday. 

NGO spokesperson Caminando Fronteras said authorities recovered 16 bodies of migrants, while authorities rescued and arrested 12 survivors.  

On Tuesday, Spanish emergency services said they had rescued 57 sub-Saharan migrants, including three children, on an inflatable boat. 

According to the UN’s refugee agency, 3,077 migrants died or went missing while trying to reach Europe by sea last year, including the 1,153 people who died on the sea route from northwest Africa to the Canary Islands. 

Meanwhile, officials warn that at least 478 people have died or gone missing while trying to reach Europe in 2022. 

The UN has called for governments to develop “alternatives” to the dangerous sea routes that asylum seekers desperately use to reach European land. 

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