'Every Day There Are Boats': Migrant Arrivals Triple In Spain

Pierre Vaugeois
Août 12, 2017

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) - incorporated into the United Nations system in late 2016 - says the number of migrants arriving in Spain is three times higher than it was this time past year.

Three times as many migrants have arrived so far in 2017 as the amount who had arrived in the same period a year ago.

Spain's increase is in stark contrast to the U.S. 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.

The trend indicates that Spain is well on its way to surpass Greece in the number of arrivals by sea by the end of the year.

"Every day there are boats, every day there is migration", Maraver said Thursday.

Spain is still far behind Italy, which received 96,861 until 9 August, according IOM figures.

"We assume that some of the change is due to the fact that the route [to Spain] is considered a safe route up to the coast through Morocco", Joel Millman, a senior IOM spokesman, was quoted by AFP news agency as saying. 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. However, the overall rate of migration to Europe has fallen by almost 60 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

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