Spain sees record number of migrant arrivals in 2017

Spain sees record number of migrant arrivals in 2017
Spain sees record number of migrant arrivals in 2017
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12 August, 2017

"It's important that more alternative legal pathways are established to avoid that people come to Europe, to Spain through these unsafe ways, to avoid people risking their lives at the sea", Otero said.

The next day, about 700 other migrants from Africa tried unsuccessfully to storm the border crossing between Morocco and Ceuta, a tiny Spanish enclave on Africa's northwest tip.

Though that figure is still far off the number that have arrived in Italy in the same period - the IOM estimates that 93,357 arrived on the "Central Mediterranean Route" - it is a dramatic increase over 2016, when 2,476 arrived in the first half of the year.

A Spanish guard can be seen breaking his lower leg while attempting to kick one of the charging migrants. Overall numbers have fallen by nearly 60 per cent from the same period the previous year. The IOM said 115 people have died along the route this year, compared with 87 last year.

Since eight of the top 10 African countries where migrants live before they look to Libya as a jumping off point are located in western Africa, heading north to Morocco and trying for Spain could be cheaper, easier and safer, he said.

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Officials with IOM say the increase of migration to Spain has likely associated the safety and ease of making it to shore successfully and penetrating borders with the least resistance.

"It's possible that Spain will outperform Greece this year", according to Millman.

On Wednesday, there also surfaced a video of a boatload of migrants arriving at Los Alemanes beach on the Spanish coastline, some 19 miles from the African coast.

Still, those numbers pale in comparison to Italy which has received more than 96,000 migrants so far this year. The passengers, mostly from Morocco and neighboring Algeria, were looking for a better life in Europe and using Spain as a doorway.

The teenagers will be taken to migrant reception centres, where they can apply for asylum in Spain.


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