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Spain : Country could top Greece in migrant sea arrivals - IOM

Spain : Country could top Greece in migrant sea arrivals - IOM

Arrivals have doubled in a year, according to the Spanish Red Cross that spoke about 7,400 people, including those who arrived by sea, who entered in the first six months of 2017, against the 3,600 reported in the same period in 2016.

'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.

At least 121 refugees lost their lives while trying to reach Spain by sea this year, compared to 97 last year, the IOM said.

'If so, that's a big change'. Overall, the numbers of migrants crossing the Mediterranean have dropped dramatically this year, mostly because of the rapid decline in the number arriving in places like Greece and Cyprus. The migrants in Spain most often have no identification and are usually young males from Morocco, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Ivory Coast and a handful of other West African countries, according to quotes by police.

This is a different tactic to many migrants arriving from Libya, who are often packed onto leaky, overloaded boats, with the intention of summoning aid as quickly as possible.

'Whereas in Spain, the strategy is smaller craft hoping to come in undetected, and undoubtedly some do'.

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The migrants were eventually rounded up and taken to a reception centre, where they can apply for asylum in 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".

On January 1 more than 1,000 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa tried to scale the fence at Ceuta during a violent assault in which one officer lost an eye.

The number of sea arrivals, however, doesn't take into account those coming into Ceuta and Melilla, two Spanish territories in northern Morocco, by land.

The week-long agreement with the Moroccan authorities involves closing the border crossing "Tarajal".


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