Escalating conflicts and displacement in the Sahel have forced an estimated 2.9 million people to flee. Facing protracted displacement, dire conditions in neighbouring host countries where they sought shelter, the continued economic impact of the COVID pandemic and a lack of viable alternatives, many continue to attempt risky sea journeys to Europe through the Canary islands.
From the end of March 2021 until 25th April 2021, there were 7,857 new arrivals, (+27% Dif. 2020). Of these, 7,611 were sea arrivals (+54% Dif. 2020), both to the Canary Islands and the Gibraltar area.