A boat carrying 58 illegal immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa was rescued off the Costa del Sol on Saturday, 30th December. The vessel was spotted some 45 miles offshore. Ten of those found were women. In total 117 migrants were brought ashore in Andalucía on the same day.
It was a busy end to a year that saw a record number of illegal immigrants found off the Malaga coast, putting pressure on limited local resources to handle the influx.
The opposition Socialist party has said that central government still hasn't fixed a date to start work on an improved reception and handling centre at Malaga's port.
It is calling for urgent improvements and says Malaga is the only major port in Spain where there are no adequate facilities to process illegal immigrants “in a dignified way”.
“ The government has no interest at all in finding a solution to this problem,” said local MP, Miguel Ángel Heredia.