Spanish sea rescuers have stated that they had picked up over 400 migrants from the Mediterranean in one day as they had been on the way to Spanish mainland.
French news agency AFP reported on Wednesday, July 25, that the Spanish Maritime Safety Agency stated on Twitter that it had picked up a total of 484 people in 30 makeshift vessels in the Strait of Gibraltar and Alboran Sea, which separate Spain from Morocco.
The International Organisation for Migration has counted that about 18,653 migrants reached Spanish territory in 2018 until July 18 with the people being mainly from sub-Saharan Africa, but also from Morocco. Spain deports migrants from Morocco back to the North African country.
Meanwhile the Italian government that vowed earlier this year to reject rescue boats, agreed Monday, July 23 to continue accepting migrants picked up at sea, by the time the European Union arrives at a solution for sharing responsibility.