The pace of arrivals in the Canary Islands predicts a warm year. More than 2,300 people arrived in the Canary Islands last week. This is the magnitude of the latest migratory wave in the Islands in just seven days. Record the numbers, with one day left for the Ministry of the Interior to make public the official data on arrivals in the first month of this year.
The figures published by the Ministry of the Interior corresponding to the period between January 1 and 15 show a worrying scenario due to the increase in arrivals in the archipelago. In the first two weeks of the year alone, 3,678 immigrants arrived in the country irregularly, which is 285.9% more than a year ago, which registered 943 arrivals in the same period. The data skyrocketed, multiplying by four compared to last year. Analyzed with perspective, these figures also reveal a worrying development at the start of the year. The arrivals in these first two weeks broke all previous records since data was available. If 13 people arrived in 2017, this year 3,480 have arrived. In fact, the history that started from 2017 to this year has never recorded such a high number of landings. Therefore, the figures from the Ministry of the Interior, in its two-week balance, show that in 2018 no irregular arrivals were recorded in the first days of the year; in 2019, there will be 40; in 2020, a total of 320; in 2021 it increased to 1,069; in 2022 790 arrived; Last year, 371 did it and, finally, this year, a total of 3,480. In other words, in the last eight years the number of more than one thousand immigrants at the beginning of the year has been exceeded for the second time. This influx of arrivals will continue to strain the island’s reception resources, which are already at their limit after several years of supporting historic levels of arrivals.
Because of this scenario, the Minister of Territorial Policy and Democratic Memory, Ángel Víctor Torres, headed the first of the inter-ministerial immigration commissions. As Torres explained last week, this commission is made up of seven ministries and the goal is coordination in the face of the phenomenon of migration.
In the spotlight is the increase in the arrival of unaccompanied minors. The Canary archipelago is one of the most affected territories. The Islands now have 5,603 menas under their management, which is why they are asking the central government to facilitate referrals to other autonomous communities. An issue that was debated at the Sectoral Conference on Children tomorrow and also during the visit to the Canary Islands by the Minister of Children and Youth, Sira Rego, scheduled for tomorrow.