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Spanish and Moroccan police repel an attempted entry of 60 migrants into Ceuta

The Moroccan security forces and the Spanish Civil Guard succeeded, on Tuesday around 6.30 am, in repelling an attempt to cross the fence separating Ceuta and Morocco.

Published: April 16, 2021, 6:19 am

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    About sixty migrants of sub-Saharan origin thus managed to climb the fence, but none managed to access Spanish territory, according to police sources cited by Europa Press, which specified that the incident did not cause any injuries.

    The Benemérita officers detected “shortly after midnight” the existence of a group of “150” migrants near the border perimeter, more precisely in the Moroccan zone adjacent to the Finca Berrocal,” explained the same sources. In the morning, part of the group, about sixty, approached the fence, where units of the Ceuta Civil Guard Company were deployed with the support of the Reserve and Security Groups (GRS) and the Citizen Security Unit (Useci) that the Spanish authorities maintain in Ceuta as a specific reinforcement to control migratory pressure.

    The action of the Spanish officers, combined with that of the Moroccan security forces, made it possible to “contain” the attempt despite the fact that some migrants managed to climb the first fence.

    Europa Press also evoked an “increase” in the number of migrants settled in the vicinity of Ceuta, according to the findings established by the Spanish authorities.

    At the point of the irregular entry attempt, the six-meter -high mesh has not yet been replaced by the new ten-meter structures that combine bars, metal sheets, an anti-climbing fence and smooth cylinders one meter in diameter at their highest point, supposedly more effective and “less harmful”.

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      This and other media accounts strongly suggest that Spanish and Moroccan authorities have restored the close cooperation on border security that prevailed before 2018 and the seating of the first Sanchez socialist government. Under the latter, illegal immigration from Morocco into Spain increased markedly, and the cooperation between Spain and Morocco that had long prevailed, declined due to the Sanchez government’s globalist policies that promoted the mass movement of non-Europeans into Europe via Spain. However, a combination of pushback by other European countries, as well as rising discontent among the Spanish electorate, prompted policy changes regarding immigration control by the Spanish socialists in a bid to remain in power. That seems to have helped them domestically, but it has also certainly resulted in a restoration of previous levels of cooperation with Morocco as well.

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