THIRTEEN illegal immigrants who arrived in Cala Figuera aboard a small boat on July 18 have been sent back to Algeria by National Police.
They appeared before a judge who ordered their repatriation and sent them to an internment centre until administrative procedures were completed.
The Algerian Consulate has since provided them with documents and they were sent from Barcelona to Alicante to board a ferry to Algeria.
The boat on which they arrived, with no engine, was found by residents in Cala Figuera and towed to land by Guardia Civil. Inside, milk and water in packages with Arabic writing were found.
The boat is believed to have left from Dellys, the nearest point of the Algerian coast, 275 kilometres away. The crossing is estimated at 12 hours in calm seas.