The International Organization for Migration says 8,385 migrants have reached Spain by sea so far this year
In this Feb. 17, 2017, file photo, migrants sit on the ground next to Spanish police officers after storming a fence to enter the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, Spain. Some 40 sub-Saharan Africans arrived by boat on a southern Spanish beach recently and scattered among startled sunbathers and a day later some 700 others tried unsuccessfully to storm the border crossing between Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta and Morocco. The two incidents were just the latest evidence of what experts see as a major increase in migrant pressure on Spain in recent months, with some saying the country could even overtake Greece in the number of boat arrivals this year. (AP Photo/Jesus Moron, File), photo: AP/Jesús Morón
11 of August 2017 16:10:19
MADRID – Sunbathers on a southern Spanish beach were startled this week when 30 to 40 fully clothed men pulled up to shore in a rubber boat and scattered across the sand.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.The two incidents were the latest evidence of the significant uptick in the number of migrants seeking to make Spain their European point of entry. The pace has quickened so rapidly in recent months that some experts think the country could overtake Greece in the number of newcomers arriving by boat this year.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says 8,385 migrants have reached Spain by sea so far this year, more than double the number from the same period last year. Greece, meanwhile, has had just over 12,000 migrant sea arrivals in 2017, a huge drop from the 160,000 seen at the same point in 2016.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 a news agency.Italy is on track to remain by far the top first destination for migrants seeking to reach European shores. The IOM reports that 97,000 migrants have gotten to Italy by boat so far this year, slightly down from the 100,000 who did so during the same period last year.
Migrants landing on a beach in Spain:pic.twitter.com/UvQvEBWTHj— Sven Henrich (@NorthmanTrader) 10 de agosto de 2017