Spain and Senegal jointly tackle illegal migration

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MIGRANTS: Spain and Senegal jointly tackling the problem. CREDIT: UNHCR/A. D'Amato


SPAIN has handed over 22 vehicles to the Senegalese authorities at a ceremony where a 2007 migration agreement was renewed.

The event took place in Dakar, where nine pick-up trucks and 13 quads worth €294,000 were donated to help tackle irregular migration.

They will be used for surveillance in a country which, due to its proximity to the Canary Islands, was at the beginning of the 2000s one of the most popular launching points for migrants trying to reach Spain.

At the end of 2018, Spain also donated 75 vehicles to Morocco and this year delivered 11 to Mauritania, two countries with access to the Atlantic Ocean and key launching points for migrants trying to reach Spain.

The Senegalese and Spanish governments have been collaborating on migration and security issues since 2007, mainly by controlling vessels that could be used clandestinely in the Atlantic.

Land, air and sea patrols are deployed in order to reduce the number of arrivals of these vessels to the Canary Islands.

Senegal is the fifth nationality of those arriving by sea in Spain so far in 2019, with 757 people or 8.9 per cent of migrants arriving between January and April.

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