Security forces arrested hundreds of would-be illegal migrants since the beginning of February, most attempting to reach Spain’s Canary Islands from Morocco and Algeria. Morocco’s government confirmed a total of 512 arrests of would be illegal migrants, largely from Algeria and sub-Saharan Africa, who sought to enter the country as a transitional stop in goals to reach Europe.
Spanish fishermen discovered a boat off of West Africa with one survivor, the bodies of seven dead migrants, and fifty others missing. According to the lone survivor, the boat was trying to reach Spain from Cape Verde. Thousands of Africans set sail for Spain’s Canary Islands each year, though the numbers are down sharply this year – from 35,000 in 2006, to just 13,000 thus far in 2007.