The Latest: 7 migrants found dead near Spanish island
Jan. 15, 2018
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local):
Spanish officials say the bodies of seven migrants have been found close to the Canary Islands.
Civil Guard police said five dead migrants were found in a large rubber boat close to the coast of Lanzarote. Another two migrants retrieved from the sea by Civil Guard police died later.
Police later found 18 migrants who had made it to shore. Two others were rescued from the sea, one in critical condition.
Spain's Marine Rescue service initially reported six bodies had been found.
A person who had spotted the migrants around midday Monday called the police.
The service said the migrants are believed to be from sub-Saharan African countries.
Thousands of migrants attempt the perilous crossing from Africa in hopes of reaching European shores each year.
French officials say France wants to sign a new deal with the U.K. that would involve greater British financing of the costs of handling migrants camped in the northern French port city of Calais.
A top French official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Monday that the two countries are negotiating "day and night" to sign an agreement at Thursday's joint summit.
Separately, French Interior minister Gerard Collomb said Sunday in Le Parisien newspaper that France also wants Britain to take in more refugees, especially unaccompanied minors.
Under the terms of the 2003 Touquet accords, British border officials are stationed in northern France.
Many migrants want to try to enter illegally into Britain and remain in and around Calais.
French President Emmanuel Macron will visit the town Tuesday.