Eleven inflatable boats carrying nearly 160 Algerian illegal migrants were intercepted on the Spanish coast in just 48 hours, local authorities in Murcia and the rescue services reported on Monday.
Since Friday evening, the rescue services and the Civil Guard have intercepted a total of 155 illegal immigrants of Algerian origin, including women and minors, said the same sources, reporting the death of a migrant.
Algerian illegal migrants, found in good health, were first transferred to the port of Cartagena.
After the interception of these new groups of illegal migrants, the local authorities of Murcia activated the covid-19 protocol to subject the occupants of the boats to PCR tests.
According to Spanish local authorities’ tally, 73% (4,005) of irregular migrants who reached the peninsula and the Balearic Islands in the first half of the current year were Algerians.
The massive arrival of illegal migrants of Algerian nationality on the Spanish coasts is of increasing concern to the local authorities of Murcia, Almeria, Alicante and the Balearic Islands, who evoke “humanitarian problems and serious security concerns”.