Spain Should Make Improvements to Be Ready for Migration Inflow
Aug 12, 2017, 00:27
Footage later posted to social media showed the migrants reaching land and then running across the beach, as sunbathers looked on in apparent surprise.
The two incidents were just the latest evidence of what experts said was a major increase in migrant pressure on Spain in recent months, with some saying the country could overtake Greece in the number of migrants arriving by sea this year.
The British tabloid noted that Spain is not alone, with "more than 96,400 have landed so far this year" in Italy, and another 11,713 in Greece.
A Spanish guard can be seen breaking his lower leg while attempting to kick one of the charging migrants.
On the same day, 12 migrants arrived in waters off the Spanish territory of Ceuta in northern Morocco on board jet-skis, with one - a 28-year-old man from Guinea - drowning before he could be rescued, authorities said.
However, Spain has become an increasingly attractive route for migrants and smugglers this year. The IOM said 115 people have died along the route this year, compared with 87 last year.
Some of the migrants who stormed the border are seen in the video below celebrating their success in making it to European Union soil.
Meanwhile, 10 men from sub-Saharan Africa were rescued off the coast of Spain.
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.
That is more than triple the number recorded at the same time previous year, according to Joel Millman, a senior IOM spokesman, and already more than the total arrivals in 2016.
"Otero noted that Spain was capable of welcoming more refugees, adding that it could offer legal alternative ways to reach the country, such as humanitarian or student visas, adding that Spain was a somewhat safer route than those into Italy or Greece".
"It's unpredictable, but we have to prepare for an intense few months of arrivals given the good weather", Inigo Vila, head of the organization's emergency unit, said.
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