The Canarian route has seen 62.3% fewer migrants arriving in the first three and a half months of the year than it did last year, according to statistics from the Spanish Interior Ministry.
However, these figures do not take into account the recent spike in arrivals, with around 400 migrants arriving in the last two weeks.
According to Txema Santana, a migration expert who advises the Canarian Government, the recent spike is probably related to the end of Ramadan, which usually sees an increase in arrivals.
Santana has also denied that the recent increase has anything to do with tougher anti-immigration policies from Giorgia Meloni’s Italain governemnt. According to Santana, the people taking the Canarian route continue to be mainly Moroccan and Senegalese, while migrants to Italy come from other North African countries.
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