Dozens of migrants rescued by Spanish coast guard

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The Spanish coast guard rescued 45 migrants off the coast of one of Spain's Canary Islands on Sunday, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Dangerous crossings from Africa to the islands' archipelago have been increasing exponentially the past few years, per Reuters.

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  • More than 5,500 migrants have made the journey in 2021, "over twice as many as in the same period in 2020," according to Reuters.

  • From 2019 to 2020, there was an eightfold increase in migrant crossings to the islands.

The big picture: The 45 Sub-Saharan African migrants rescued Sunday included 24 women and eight children, per Reuters.

  • They were spotted by a larger ship about 38 miles off the coast of Gran Canaria.

Of note: Human Rights groups have criticized the conditions of migrant facilities in which many arriving to the Canary Islands must stay.

  • A November 2020 report by Human Rights Watch called on Spanish authorities to "immediately alleviate overcrowded and unsanitary conditions" in one of Gran Canaria's facilities.

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