In the last two weeks, the Canary Islands have seen an influx of nearly 1,200 illegal immigrants, according to official reports.

During September, more than 40 boats arrived in the Canary Islands carrying over 3,700 illegal immigrants (specifically, 3,759 individuals). This represents a 20% increase compared to the same period last year, leading law enforcement officials to describe the situation as “chaotic,” as reported by LA GACETA.

Year-to-date data shows that a total of 14,972 illegal immigrants have reached the Canary Islands in 2023. This marks a significant rise of 2,276 individuals compared to the previous year, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Overall, there has been an increase of nearly 22% in migratory pressure compared to 2022, and a 14% increase compared to 2021, nearly tripling the numbers from 2020.

Forecasts indicate that the situation is unlikely to improve in the near future. Sources from the Civil Guard stationed in the Sahel region warn of an “imminent and massive” surge in illegal immigration due to inadequate control measures at many departure points.

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