The Canary Islands are once again at the centre of Europe’s struggle to control the growing wave of illegal immigrants. Two people have died, apparently of hypothermia, after a boat carrying 48 passengers arrived at Gran Canaria. Two others on board the vessel are in a critical condition, while a further ten are showing signs of hypothermia. The Canary Islands has seen a fresh surge in arrivals from west Africa after coast guard surveillance was stepped up between Morocco and mainland Spain.
Around 300 illegal immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa arrived over the weekend – many in a poor physical state. Since January 11,000 have risked everything to reach the archipelago, desperate to find a new life in the EU.