18:56 GMT05 December 2020
Listen Live
    Get short URL

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Moroccan coast guard has rescued 249 undocumented migrants in the Mediterranean Sea over last weekend, local media reported on Monday.

    According to the Tanja24 media outlet, the migrants were travelling on inflatable boats. All of them have been transported to Morocco.

    Almost 8,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to reach Spain since January, with 137 having died during the journey. In January-April, a total of 16,806 migrants reached Europe via the Mediterranean and 410 died while trying to do that, according to the International Organization for Migration.

    READ MORE: 'Are We a Neighbor You're Afraid of?': Morocco Rejects EU's Migrant Centers

    The European Union has been experiencing a large-scale migration crisis since 2015 due to the influx of thousands of migrants and refugees fleeing crises in their home countries in the Middle East and North Africa.


    Spain Rescues Over 200 Migrants Trying to Reach Europe Illegally - Civil Guard
    Spain's Socialists Lose Seats in Andalusia as Right Rises Amid Migration Fears
    Several Policemen Get Acid Burns as Moroccan Migrants Storm Spain's Border
    Italian Deputy PM Banned from Spain's Mallorca for His Stance on Migration
    'Aquarius Case' Turned Spain Into Magnet For Irregular Migrants – Italian MP
    refugee, rescue, Coast Guard, migrant, Morocco
    Community standardsDiscussion