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IMMIGRATION – Two migrant smuggling convoys in custody

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The gendarmes the Territorial Brigade of Joal Sy managed to get their hands on two conveyors, this Tuesday, May 09, 2023. They also arrested 21 candidates for irregular emigration, including a daughter and a Gambian national. Both organizers are currently in custody. Elements of the Joal Territorial Brigade seized two pirogues, two engines, 24 20-litre cans and four 30-litre cans containing gasoline.

As a reminder, an emigration attempt was foiled by this unit of the Thiès Gendarmerie Legion on 07 May 2023 at 2am at Joal beach near the fishing school.

It should be noted that candidates for illegal emigration are not discouraged in Senegal, where young people are trying against the wind and laughing to join the Eldorado despite the many deaths recorded since the outbreak of this affair in 2006.

Clandestine migration has accelerated over the past three years in Senegal, most often in dramatic proportions. Not only does this affect the most valid branches of the country, but the risks are high given the conditions in which the journey to reach the shores of the Canary Islands takes place. The increase in youth unemployment and the development by Europe, which is the main destination of Africans, increasingly restrictive migration policies are the factors leading young people to try by all means to reach Europe, at the expense of their lives.

In 2006, more than 31,000 illegal immigrants, mostly from countries in sub-Saharan Africa, half of whom are Senegalese nationals, arrived in Spain in makeshift boats.

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SENEGAL – 97 migrants intercepted in Saint-Louis by the French Navy

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The National Navy has boarded Thursday, August 24, 2024 a dugout canoe of clandestines off the coast of Saint-Louisiennes. The canoe had 97 migrants on board, including 83 Senegalese (three women and two minors). The other 14 are foreigners (12 Gambians and 02 Malians), reports the newspaper Les Échos.

According to the information of the newspaper, they were sent by the navy Thursday, aboard the patrol at sea «le Fouladou» to the Arsenal of the National Navy at the Autonomous Port of Dakar. Upon landing, they were received by the commander of the naval base of the French Navy.

It should be noted that «as soon as the navy announced the interception of this canoe, the prosecutor of the Republic opened an investigation to know the ins and outs. The investigation is entrusted to the National Directorate for Combating Smuggling of Migrants (DNLT) of the Directorate of Air and Border Police,” the newspaper added

“When asked at the outset where they were embarking, they replied that the canoe left on 21 August in Kayar. They were intercepted 250 km off the coast of Saint-Louis by the French Navy on the night of August 21 to 22,” our colleagues explain

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ILLEGAL EMIGRATION – 66 Senegalese migrants arrive in Tenerife

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Sixty-six (66) people arrived during the day of Thursday, August 03, 2023 in Tenerife aboard two canoes. In one of them there were 14 people and in the other 52.

Several of the migrants were transferred to health centres with various health situations, a journalist told the news. The majority of its young people are Senegalese.

As a reminder, in Africa, migrant smuggling brings 59 billion CFA francs to smugglers per year. Illicit financial flows (FFI) from the smuggling of migrants from West Africa to Europe are estimated at more than $100 million per year, 59,250,000,000 CFA francs, according to a report published by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) on Friday, July 28, 2023.

“Moderate estimates of human smuggling from West Africa to Europe alone exceed $100 million,” the study, “Illicit financial flows from migrant smuggling: Trends and responses in West Africa,” said.

“In 2020, migration data showed an increase in migrant crossings from Senegal to the Canary Islands by about 1,000% compared to the 2011-2019 period,” the report notes.

With regard to Senegal, the seaway is the most popular with smugglers, the authors of the report stress. “Smugglers are using the maritime routes from Senegal to the Spanish Canary Islands as a gateway to Europe because of increasing restrictions on the Mediterranean route,” says the document.

According to the authors of this report, coastal towns like Saint Louis and Mbour are the main departure points for the Canary Islands ‘of irregular migrants [who] also leave certain fishing villages, such as Joal, Thiaroye and Soumbedioune.”
They also note the presence of candid

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AFRICA – Migrant smuggling brings 59 billion CFA francs to smugglers per year

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Illicit financial flows (FFI) from migrant smuggling from West Africa to Europe are estimated at more than $100 million per year, or 59,250,000,000 CFA francs, according to a report published by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), this Friday, July 28, 2023.

“Moderate estimates of human smuggling from West Africa to Europe alone exceed $100 million,” the study, “Illicit financial flows from migrant smuggling: Trends and responses in West Africa,” said.

“In 2020, migration data showed an increase in migrant crossings from Senegal to the Canary Islands by about 1,000% compared to the 2011-2019 period,” the report notes.

With regard to Senegal, the seaway is the most popular with smugglers, the authors of the report stress. “Smugglers are using the maritime routes from Senegal to the Spanish Canary Islands as a gateway to Europe because of increasing restrictions on the Mediterranean route,” says the document.

According to the authors of this report, coastal towns like Saint Louis and Mbour are the main departure points for the Canary Islands ‘of irregular migrants [who] also leave certain fishing villages, such as Joal, Thiaroye and Soumbedioune.”
They also note the presence of candidates for irregular migration from other West African countries, to whom smugglers “generally require full payment in advance (…) between $400 and $600.”

However, the report says, “in 2023, the use of maritime routes appears to have decreased, suggesting that COVID-19 restrictions on land borders played a role in the increased use of maritime routes between 2020 and 2022.”

On a global scale, migrant smuggling brings smugglers more than 10 billion dollars per year, or 5 925 000 000 000 CFA francs, according to estimates by the rappor

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