More than a thousand illegal immigrants have landed on the Spanish Canary islands over the weekend. Most of them come from sub-Saharan Africa – some were suffering from the heat and dehydration. Spain faces an unprecedented wave of illegal immigration with some 20,000 arrivals this year alone.
Italy, too, has seen an influx of potential refugees – many of them, travelling in makeshift boats without enough water or food, do not survive the long trip from Africa to the island of Lampedusa where dozens land every week. Madrid is planning a meeting between eight southern European nations before the end of the month to discuss the problem which it says affects the whole of Europe. The aim is to draw up a global proposal for maritime border control to present at an EU summit in December.