Migration and mobility

According to the Spanish NGO Caminando Fronteras, 43 migrants, including 3 infants and 14 women, lost their lives on Sunday 16 January 2022 after their boat capsized off the coast of Tarfaya in southern Morocco. The migrants were trying to reach the Canary Islands, located about 100 km from Tarfaya.

The NGO spokesperson said that “the ten survivors, including six women, called for help at 4 a.m. and maintained communication until six o’clock. It took hours for the Moroccan authorities to locate them and rescue the boat off Tarfaya.”

While the Moroccan authorities did not provide any details, a spokesman for the Spanish Civil Guard announced that the bodies of two men were discovered, one on Sunday and the other on Monday, off the Spanish island of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands.

It is worth noting that at the beginning of this month, the NGO announced that more than 4,000 migrants died or disappeared last year during their sea crossing to Spain, the double of 2020.