The Senegalese Navy successfully intercepted a group of 118 irregular migrants off the country’s coast, as part of their ongoing efforts to prevent dangerous journeys towards Europe. The patrol boat stopped the migrants near Saint-Louis in the north of Senegal.
The intercepted migrants are scheduled to be transported to Dakar, although further details about their situation have not been provided as of now.
This interception is part of a series of operations aimed at curbing irregular migration, particularly via pirogues, which have surged in recent weeks. The French Navy has also been involved in these operations, documenting them on social media since August 23.
Over the past two weeks, more than 1,000 individuals aspiring to emigrate have been intercepted or rescued from these perilous journeys.
The dangers of attempting to cross the Atlantic Ocean in search of a better life are well-known, with hundreds of migrants losing their lives in the process each year. They typically embark on these risky journeys aboard modest boats or motorised pirogues, often provided by human smugglers who charge a fee for their services.
Many of these migrants aim to reach the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago, which serves as a gateway to Europe. However, the treacherous voyage remains a significant challenge, and authorities are continually working to prevent loss of life and provide assistance to those seeking safer and legal migration options.