Almeria targeted by illegal immigrants

ALMERIA beaches were the favoured Andalucian landing spot for illegal immigrants last year.

The province received more illegal immigrants arriving by sea, a total of 950 people in 63 vessels, than anywhere else in Andalucia in 2012.  The last boat arrived on November 25 carrying 28 people.

Overall, Andalucia saw 2,322 illegal immigrants arriving in 167 boats. Even though Almeria ranks first among Andalucian provinces, there has been an increase in the number of immigrants arriving through the Strait of Gibraltar within the last few months, with more than 600 being intercepted in that area.

Andalucia’s last arrival was on December 28, when 32 sub-saharans were rescued off the coast of Cadiz.

The worst tragedy was last October when a dinghy was intercepted off the coast of Motril (Granada) carrying 14 bodies, with 40 more people estimated to have disappeared overboard during the journey.

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