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In just one weekend, Spanish authorities saved over 500 refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean sea on their way to Spain and other European countries.
Around 293 people aboard nine boats were rescued last May. The day after the said rescue, another 250 people were saved from eight boats. Some of the boats were in such a bad state that they sank after the refugees were pulled out. According to reports, the refugees were fleeing from their home countries in the North and sub-Saharan Africa region to escape poverty and conflict.
The authorities used planes and helicopters to conduct the search and rescue mission. They claimed that the refugees were confident to take the dangerous journey because of the Mediterranean Sea’s good weather.
This year alone, more than 4,000 people made it to Spain to seek refuge, but 217 died while crossing the sea. Frontex, Europe’s border control agency, expects that more refugees will come to Spain this year, especially now that some are using speed boats. Because of this, the Spanish government expressed concerns that it is running out of resources to support more refugees.
Italy, one of the top destinations for refugees in the European Union, is facing the same crisis. With 10,808 refugee arrivals this year, the country is desperate for a solution.
To address the refugee crisis, the Spanish government suggested providing more opportunities for refugees in their home countries to encourage them to stay there. It also proposed improving migration laws for ease of moving to another country. On the other hand, the Italian government recommended deporting most of the refugees in the country.