Over 700 in one day aboard 22 craft – numbers unknown since the cayuco crisis in 2006

Updated 11pm, 9/10: And in the end, today has been unprecedented in recent years in terms of numbers arriving at these islands in one day. Over 700 immigrants have arrived today at Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura on board 22 pateras and cayucos, a number not seen since the cayuco crisis, as it’s known, in 2006. In Tenerife, by 8pm, four cayucos have arrived carrying 423 people.  

Updated 5pm, 9/10: And within 24 hours another cayuco has arrived at Los Cristianos with 90 on board. With the two this morning, it makes three in Tenerife in one day, between them carrying nearly 300 desperate individuals in search of some hope. 

Original post 9 October: The language is increasingly heated about a season of pateras and cayucos that is at five times its recent levels, and over just this last few days strong feelings have been expressed by the Canarian authorities over the numbers arriving here and the urgent requirement for the mainland to help out.

Spain has indeed said that there are insufficient resources here in the Canaries to house the arrivals, and so there is clearly some acceptance that the occupants of these boats of hope must be relocated into centres in the peninsula. We cannot become the Lampedusa of 2020, says the Canarian Government, and regional minister for Budget, Treasury and Europe, Román Rodríguez only recently said that the regional Government is not prepared for the islands effectively to become a prison camp for those dreaming of a better life. 

The situation won’t be helped by the events of last night, in which a total of 15 craft carrying 401 desperate people hoping for a better life were picked up in waters south of the islands. They have now been brought into Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, emergency services say, with 202 from two cayucos brought into Tenerife: they are being processed through today in Los Cristianos harbour.