400 migrants rescued off Spain in last week

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Over 400 migrants have been rescued at sea off the coast of southern Spain in the past week, rescue services have announced.

Spanish coast guards rescued migrants on 16 boats making the dangerous Mediterranean crossing.

Many people in Africa try to make the crossing to get into Europe through Spain. However, the trip is dangerous and often the boats are not fully prepared which can result in many deaths.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), nearly 3,300 people reached Spain by sea between January and the end of April, and at least 59 died attempting to cross.

The number of migrants reaching Spain remains much lower than in Italy, which counted over 69,000 migrants arriving by sea between the beginning of the year and June 18, while 1,889 died en route.

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