More than 900 Africans died in 2007 on way to Spain

At least 921 would-be immigrants died in 2007 in attempts to reach Spain from Africa, according to a Spanish human rights group. The figure only reflected confirmed deaths, said the Asociacion Pro Derechos Humanos Andalusia, putting the real death toll at an alarming minimum of 3,500. Most deaths of the victims resulted from drowning, or hunger and thirst aboard their vessels. Among the confirmed victims, 287 came from Maghreb countries including Morocco and Algeria, while the other 629 were from other African countries; five were from Asia. The organization said that Spain and the European Union continued to ignore the root causes of emigration, and these kinds of casualties are the result of adopting extremely repressive frontier policies.