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Spanish Coast Guard brings another 500 migrants ashore

The Spanish Coast Guard has brought more than 500 immigrants to Europe yet again. Some 284 people were taken to Motril, and 240 to Algeciras in the region of Andalusia.

Published: August 16, 2018, 5:33 pm

    Madrid

    The migrants started out on about a dozen boats in Africa, according to the Spanish newspaper El País.

    In recent weeks, the trafficking routes have increasingly shifted towards Spain. Italy no longer allows ships from non-governmental organisations to dock with sylum seekers on board. In addition, aid agencies reported that Libya was increasingly targeting smugglers.

    Many of the African-born migrants therefore move to the neighbouring countries of Algeria and Morocco, from where they try to get to Europe.

    Last week, the Coast Guard had brought about 460 immigrants to Spain. According to the authorities, the Mediterranean migrants had started from Morocco.

    According to the International Migration Organisation (IOM), around 23 000 immigrants have arrived in Spain from across the sea this year, and 307 people died trying to reach land. Illegal immigrants also try to reach Spanish national territory by land.

    Meanwhile, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has agreed to allow 60 immigrants from aboard the Aquarius. The migrant ship docked in Malta on Wednesday after having waited for several days in the Mediterranean, calling on European governments to allow 141 migrants to enter.

    Germany also announced that it would participate in allowing the Aquarius migrants to step ashore. A spokesperson for the Federal Ministry of the Interior said that Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) had decided to take “up to 50 people rescued from distress for humanitarian reasons”.

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