Spain's migrant numbers set to triple

Laverne Mann
Августа 13, 2017

The figure marks a significant increase to a year ago, when 13,246 migrants arrived in Spain in all of 2016, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

One man - reported being a 28-year-old from Guinea - drowned before he could be ferried to safety on the coast of Ceuta.

If Spain's average monthly arrivals of between 1,500 and 2,000 people keep up, "it's a pretty good bet that it will overtake Greece", IOM spokesman Joel Millman told The Associated Press.

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.

The IOM say 11,849 people have arrived in Spain so far this year, compared with 13,246 in all of last year.

"If so, that's a big change".

More than 8,000 migrants have arrived by sea in Spain, nearly as many as the 11,713 who have landed in Greece.

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BEACHGOERS got a surprise on Wednesday when a rubber dinghy full of migrants arrived on a Cadiz beach.

He added that the boats crossing the choppy sea to Spain were much smaller than those launching from Libya to Italy.

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.

The teenagers will be taken to migrant reception centres, where they can apply for asylum in Spain. "And others are fine and recover quickly", he said.

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 Interior Ministry's office in Ceuta said the migrants also tried to scale the six-meter-tall (20-foot) barbed-wire fences around Ceuta after the early Thursday crossing attempt at the Tarajal post failed, but were again repelled by Moroccan and Spanish police.

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