West and Central Africa — Irregular Migration Routes to Europe — West African Atlantic Route (January — June 2022)
This document presents the resumption of migration from the coasts of West Africa to the Canary Islands (Spain). This route, already active in 2006 saw an increasing number of movements in 2022 The risks, deaths and disappearances following shipwrecks are also on the rise along the Atlantic coasts. Between January and June 2022 8,741 individuals reached the Canary Islands irregularly after crossing by boat from the coasts of West Africa, an increase an increase of 26 per cent i.e. 1,789 people per compared to 2021 (6,952).