Spain could overtake Greece in migrant sea arrivals

Over 100,000 migrants reached Europe from North Africa and the Middle East from January to June, the overwhelming majority coming by sea, according to the International Organization of Migration.

Spain witnessed a threefold increase in refugees entering the country using the sea-route this year, when compared to the same period last year, the United Nations migration agency said Friday.

'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.

Though that figure is still far off the number that have arrived in Italy in the same period - the IOM estimates that 93,357 arrived on the "Central Mediterranean Route" - it is a dramatic increase over 2016, when 2,476 arrived in the first half of the year.

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

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

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They are all minors in their teens and, while they did not have any ID on them, are thought to be from Morocco, police were quoted as saying.

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

Islamists are reported to be plotting a strike against tourist beaches similar to the one in Sousse, Tunisia, in 2015, which left 38 people - including 30 Britons - dead.

"It's always surprising to see pregnant women and children - even if there aren't many - who try to cross in these conditions, risking their life and that of the kids for a better life".

Ceuta and Melilla have the EU's only land borders with Africa, and as a result, they are entry points for people desperate to get to Europe.

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.

  • Delia Davidson