The Spanish Coast Guard has rescued nearly 1,000 migrants from the Mediterranean Sea. According to the maritime rescue service, more than 200 people from 10 boats were rescued on last Saturday which was an addition to the more than 770 migrants rescued from 52 boats on Friday.
Spain has sheltered nearly 17,000 migrants till now fleeing from the civil war in Syria or violence in Iraq and other such conflicts.
Taking to waters has proved to be a dangerous journey for migrants. United Nations has confirmed that more than 1,500 people have died trying to reach Europe via the Mediterranean Sea.More than 1.2 million migrants have arrived in Europe in 2015 and 2016 with 700,000 last year as per Eurostat.
As Libyan authorities have enforced stern measures to curtail migration, making it more difficult for them to reach Europe from the North African countries, migrants have taken to the perilous Mediterranean route to enter Europe. The flow of migrants into Spain has increased while Italy faces a decline. More than 20,000 migrants have arrived till now.
International Organization for Migration (IOM) spokesman, Joel Millman, said, “Despite incredibly low numbers arriving to Italy, the per capita death or the rate of death per 1,000 people may be at its highest point since the emergency began”.
The UN and IOM are planning a meeting in Geneva to address the ongoing crisis.