Nearly 200 people were rescued while trying to complete the hazardous sea crossing from North Africa to Spain on Monday September 2nd the Spanish coastguard said, according to Reuters.
Spanish rescue services said that 73 people on three boats were rescued in the Strait of Gibraltar, while 110 more were rescued from five boats in the Boran Sea, the vast majority of whom will be transported to the port of Malaga.
By mid-August, the number of immigrants arriving in Spain was just over 18,000, down 39% from the same period a year earlier, according to Interior Ministry data.
UN figures show that the number of illegal immigrants arriving by sea from the Middle East and North Africa hoping to enter the European Union has fallen from more than one million in 2015 to about 141,500 last year. It is estimated that nearly 15,000 have died or gone missing on the highly risky sea crossings.