Las regiones insulares fronterizas en las rutas de la migración marítima irregularLas Islas Canarias (España) en el tránsito africano hacia Europa

  1. Dirk Godenau 1
  2. Vicente Manuel Zapata Hernández 1
  1. 1 Universidad de La Laguna

    Universidad de La Laguna

    San Cristobal de La Laguna, España


Revista Interdisciplinar da Mobilidade Humana: REMHU

ISSN: 2237-9843

Year of publication: 2022

Volume: 30

Issue: 64

Pages: 7

Type: Article

DOI: 10.1590/1980-85852503880006404 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor


The pronounced inequality between living conditions in European and African countries, combined restrictive migration policies implemented at the southern border of the European Union, cause irregular maritime migrations through various routes that depart from the African coasts. Some islands in the Mediterranean and Atlantic play an important role on these routes. The Canary Islands, part of the West African Atlantic route, are currently experiencing a new episode of large arrivals. The article analyzes the insertion of the Canary Islands in the migration management of the European Union at its southern border, identifies the causes of the intensification of arrivals and describes the difficulties in the reception and transit of migrants.