Eight migrants were found dead on the shores of southern Spain over the past two days.
The Algerian and Moroccan migrants included three women and a child.
“Between Sunday and Tuesday morning, we discovered eight bodies along the shore … who came from one or more boats,” the Almeria authorities said on Tuesday.
Border guards are trying to identify the bodies, according to an Almería Guardia Civil spokesman.
Migrants from Algeria or Morocco, who sometimes come from other African countries, are increasingly trying to cross the western Mediterranean to reach Spain.
A total of 10,701 migrants arrived on Spain’s southern coast and the Balearic Islands between 1 January and 13 September, which is 1,680 more than in the same period last year, according to the latest figures from the Spanish interior ministry.
According to the United Nations’ migration agency, more than 1,100 people fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa and the Middle East have died this year in the Mediterranean.
War-torn Libya has been the dominant transit point for thousands of migrants fleeing war and poverty in Africa. Thus, the were seeking a new hope in the European continent.
Thousands leave Libya yearly towards Europe. Many of them die on the journey.
Since the start of the year, over 10,000 migrants returned to Libya in 2021, while at least 180 migrants travelling died.
Hundreds are still missing so far this year.