Twenty boats have been rescued with 233 immigrants on board in front of the five boats and 51 immigrants located in 2017.
The largest controls carried out in the land border of Ceuta have quadrupled the arrival of immigrants by sea in the first four months of 2018 in the same period of 2017, going from 51 to 233 people, according to the data provided by the Delegation of the Government.
So far this year twenty boats have been rescued with 233 immigrants on board compared to the five boats and 51 immigrants located in the first four months of 2017.
Of the 233 immigrants, 100 were Moroccans and 133 came from countries in sub-Saharan Africa, especially Guinea Conakry, according to official data.
The migratory pressure by sea that Ceuta suffers is directly associated with the greater control of Morocco of the 8.2 kilometres of land border perimeter and has increased despite the fact that since January there have been important east and west storms that They have complicated navigation in this area of the Strait of Gibraltar.
Due to this circumstance, it is estimated that the arrival of good weather in the summer could mean a significant increase in patterns and rafts reaching the Ceuta coasts.
This year the most important rescue took place on April 11 when the Civil Guard agents had to throw themselves into the sea to save the lives of eight immigrants who had overturned in a boat, among them a woman who went to the bottom of the sea.
According to official data, in the case of the one hundred Moroccans, two were women and two were minors, while in the case of the sub-Saharans, of the 133 immigrants, seven were women and three were minors, one of whom was a baby of only six months of age.
Source: La Informacion