Coast guards rescued over 500 migrants this weekend from more than a dozen boats making the perilous Mediterranean crossing to Europe.
Following plane and helicopter searches, Spanish boats rescued almost 300 migrants from nine boats on Saturday, authorities said. As of Sunday afternoon, a further 250 migrants were rescued from eight boats, three of which were in poor condition and later sank.
Europe’s border agency Frontex said in January that it expected a further increase in irregular immigration to Spain this year, with flows boosted by the use of fast boats.
The migrants were from various countries in North and sub-Saharan Africa.
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