wnol.info February 21 2018

Dozens of migrants disembark on Spanish beach in front of shocked tourists

February 21 2018, 05:40 | Alexander Lowe

African migrants crossing the Libya sea

African migrants crossing the Libya sea

'We assume that some of the change is due to the fact that the route is considered a safe route up to the coast through Morocco, ' Millman said.

Local reports said most of the men were Moroccan, although video taken by tourists appeared to show the majority of the men were sub-Saharan Africans.

Putting the situation in perspective, the IOM says that since the beginning of 2015, more than 1 million migrants have gone to Greece, 430,000 to Italy, and just 29,000 to Spain.

"Some people arrive with little strength left, sometimes they got lost, lost the engine, don't have anything to eat or drink in the boat, some have sunburns or burns from the petrol".

Spain's increase is in stark contrast to the USA where President Trump's' administration has slowed illegal border crossings by more than 72 percent compared to 2016, according to a recent Washington Times article.

Nearly as many migrants have arrived in Spain so far this year as came to the country throughout 2016, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

He said many people taking the long route towards Italy via the Sahara and Libya were from west Africa.

He also said they were using smaller crafts to cross the short but choppy sea to Spain in the hope of slipping in undetected.

Spain says around 700 migrants have tried to storm the border crossing between Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta and Morocco, but none managed to make it across.

Ceuta and Melilla have the EU's only land borders with Africa, and as a result, they are entry points for people desperate to get to Europe.

Spain and Morocco on Wednesday agreed to close the Tarajal post to freight traffic for a week because of recent migrant crossing attempts.

"It is a problem for the European Union because the autonomous cities are the way to enter the continent".

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