Spanish rescuers have plundered nearly 550 migrants from the Mediterranean who wanted to make the dangerous crossing of North Africa in small shaky boats.
Officials report that migrants have packed about 17 different ships – three of them have fallen for their poor condition
There are no reports of casualties.
Spanish authorities say that most of the people rescued in the last two days came from North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.
Spain becomes the leading destination for migrants to reach the European Union to escape war, terrorism and poverty at home.
Italy is still the most popular stop as Italian islands are fairly close to the North African coast.
But Italy has begun to crack down on illegal migration, while Greece, another popular stop, harbors many arrivals in dangerously crowded camps before giving them the chance to seek asylum. Those who are rejected are sent to Turkey under an agreement drawn up by the European Union.