Spain sees record number of migrant arrivals in 2017

Spain sees record number of migrant arrivals in 2017

Spain sees record number of migrant arrivals in 2017

Tourists on a beach in southern Spain were left shocked when a boat carrying dozens of African migrants landed in front of them.

Footage later posted to social media showed the migrants reaching land and then running across the beach, as sunbathers looked on in apparent surprise.

While migrants often camp in crowded tent ghettos upon arrival, a great many disperse throughout Western Europe over a period of time.

Spanish officials couldn't immediately be reached after office hours.

Spain could overtake Greece this year in the number of migrants arriving by sea, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Thursday, coming shore on boats and even jet-skis.

According to the EU's Frontex border agency, 7,500 immigrants made the crossing to Spain in the first three months of the year, compared with 3,600 in the same period last 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.

The incident took place at the border crossing between Morocco and Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta, according to the Daily Mail.

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

Many of those opting for the longer route are from west African countries including Senegal, Gambia, Guinea and Ivory Coast.

In Libya there "appears to be a very deliberate strategy to put people out there, in overloaded boats that begin to take on water nearly immediately and then it's a race to see how quickly the people on the boat can summon aid", he said.

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

Some of the migrants who stormed the border are seen in the video below celebrating their success in making it to European Union soil. It seems like it is safer to go through Morocco to Spain than through Libya.

A Spanish guard can be seen breaking his lower leg while attempting to kick one of the charging migrants.

Both the IOM and the Spanish Red Cross say Spain is well-equipped to manage the new influx despite complaints from some groups that the country's temporary accommodations for migrants already are filled to capacity. Pedestrian and passenger vehicles were still allowed.

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