DAKAR (Reuters) – A boat bring around 40 migrants and refugees has actually sunk off the coast of Mauritania, leaving just one survivor, the United Nations refugee company UNHCR said on Thursday.
The risky sea passage from West Africa to the Canary Islands was as soon as a major path for migrants looking for tasks and a better life in Europe. Attempts ended up being scarcer when Spain stepped up patrols in the mid-2000 s, but the path is seeing a fresh rise.
” New shipwreck off the coast of Nouadhibou #Mauritania of approximately 40 individuals on board, there is one survivor (from Guinea),” tweeted UNHCR special envoy Vincent Cochetel.
UNHCR “along with authorities & partners are trying to step up efforts to avoid such tragedies, but traffickers keep lying to their customers,” he stated.
The boat was carrying migrants and refugees, a UNHCR representative validated.
Almost 2,800 unlawful migrants shown up by boat in the Canary Islands in between Jan. 1 and July 14, Spanish Interior Ministry data reveal, five times as lots of as in the very same duration in2019
Late in 2015, at least 62 individuals drowned off the Mauritanian coast and around 80 needed to swim for shore after the boat carrying them northwards from Gambia sank – among the deadliest events along the route recently.
Reporting by Alessandra Prentice; editing by Jonathan Oatis