44 migrants drowned after their boat sank off the coast of Western Sahara in southern Morocco on Sunday. This was reported by the Spanish NGO Caminando Fronteras.
Forty-four migrants have died after their boat sank off Cape Boujdour in Western Sahara, according to the foundation of the NGO Helena Malino. She said on Twitter that seven bodies had been taken to the morgue and the rest had been swallowed up by the sea. Twelve other migrants survived the sinking of the ship and were arrested.
The destination of the boat is not clear, but migrant boats departing from this area usually go to the Spanish archipelago of the Canary Islands. Morocco is located at the northernmost point in northwest Africa, and is a transit country for many migrants trying to reach Europe from the Atlantic or Mediterranean coasts.
According to the figures of the Moroccan Ministry of the Interior, in the first quarter of 2022, more than 14,700 illegal departure attempts were prevented and 52 smuggling networks were dismantled in Morocco.
In 2021, 4,404 migrants died or disappeared while crossing the sea into Spain, the worst number since 2015, according to Caminando Fronteras, which tracks migration tragedies thanks to calls from migrants or their relatives on emergency numbers.
More than 40,000 migrants, mostly from Morocco, arrived in the country by sea in 2021, as well as to the Balearic and Canary Islands, according to the latest figures from the Spanish Ministry of the Interior.
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