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Canary Islands' immigration 'crisis'

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Canary Islands' immigration 'crisis'


On Spain’s Canary Islands, the influx of illegal immigrants has reached crisis point according to local politicians, with over 830 people having arrived in the past 24 hours.

This year alone, 17,000 Africans have made the journey across the Atlantic – that is three times the total last year.

The Canaries, like Lampedusa and Malta, are on the frontline of the wave of illegal immigration.

Reception centres on the holiday islands are stretched to the limit, as Madrid makes limited progress in agreeing repatriation deals with African states.

Although migrants have made Spain’s economy one of the EU’s most dynamic, there are fears the current wave could harm the Canaries’ vital tourism industry.

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