African migrants found on forgotten Spanish island

The island, which just has a population of 30 Spanish soldiers, is one of three Chafarinas Islands that have been under Spanish control since 1847.

African migrants found on forgotten Spanish island

World Bulletin / News Desk

Seven African migrants surfaced on Spain's tiny Isla del Congresso on Monday after travelling 3.3 kilometres from the coast of Morocco.

The island, which just has a population of 30 Spanish soldiers, is one of three Chafarinas Islands that have been under Spanish control since 1847.

The seven migrants, four of whom were children, lit a fire to catch the attention of the soldiers, Spanish NGO Caminando Fronteras spokesperson Helena Maleno told Spain's El País newspaper on Wednesday.

Having passed health checks, the group is now able to apply for asylum in Spain, according to Spanish NGO Coordinadora de Barrios, but are likely to be expelled the same way 73 migrants were expelled from Isla de Tierra in 2012.

Spain has been a main entry point for African migrants seeking to enter Europe, who often try to sneak into the Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta on the northern Moroccan coast.

Last Mod: 16 Nisan 2014, 17:19
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