At least 89 Europe-bound migrants die after boat capsizes off Mauritania | EUROtoday

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At least 89 Europe-bound migrants died and dozens went lacking after their boat capsized off the coast of Mauritania, in keeping with a state information company.

They have been crusing on a big conventional fishing boat when it capsized within the Atlantic Ocean on Monday, the information company quoted the Mauritanian coast guard as saying.

The boat sank about 4km from the nation’s southwest metropolis of Ndiago.

It had set sail from close to the Senegalese-Gambia border in direction of Europe with 170 folks on board, the survivors have been quoted as saying.

The our bodies of 89 folks have been delivered to the coast on Monday as authorities looked for the lacking passengers, the report stated. A five-year-old woman was among the many 9 folks rescued by the coast guard.

Thousands of migrants from Africa take the lethal Atlantic route to achieve Europe in the hunt for job alternatives. It just isn’t unusual for total boats to fade within the Atlantic, with a couple of typically reappearing on the opposite facet of the ocean with no survivors.

Spain’s Canary Islands have turn out to be a stepping stone for migrants and refugees making an attempt to achieve continental Europe from West Africa.

In January alone, 7,270 migrants landed on the archipelago, about as many as within the first six months of 2023.

This yr, migrant departures from Mauritania, which had gave the impression to be below management for many of final yr, have surged once more.

In spite of the presence of each Spanish and Mauritanian patrols off the coast, the vast majority of this yr’s migrant arrivals to the Canaries have departed from the impoverished nation.

In February, The European Union introduced €210m (£177.9m) to assist Mauritania crack down on folks smugglers and deter migrant boats from taking off. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen introduced the additional funding for migration in addition to for humanitarian assist and job creation throughout a gathering with Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Ghazouani and Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez.

A UN-backed report has revealed that ever extra migrants and refugees are embarking on harmful journeys throughout Africa in direction of the southern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, risking kidnapping and even organ theft.

The routes crisscrossing the Sahara desert northwards from west and east Africa are regarded as twice as lethal because the central Mediterranean route, the place greater than 800 persons are thought to have drowned this yr, the report stated.

The report, co-written by the International Organization for Migration, stated extra persons are making the perilous journeys than 4 years in the past, citing UN knowledge from Tunisia that confirmed a greater than 200 per cent enhance in arrivals in 2023 versus 2020.