Spain registers record number of migrant arrivals in 2017

  • Tomáš Krajňák
  • 17.8.2017 09:23

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) released a report on August 11, which shows that 8,385 migrants came to Spain by sea so far this year, which is more than a three-fold increase compared to the same period in 2016.

Overall, 11,849 people have arrived in Spain so far this year, and the gap between the total number of arrivals (13,246) in 2016 is quickly shrinking. According to an IOM spokesman, Spain could even surpass Greece as the route to Spain through Morocco is considered a safer option. However, as is the case in Greece and Italy, which still far surpasses both Spain and Greece in the number of arriving migrants, Spain's reception centers are overcrowded and unable to deal with new arrivals, Doctors Without Borders warned. Italy has registered a partial success this week as the number of arrivals seems to be decreasing due to Italy's initiative to relaunch the Libyan coast guard. Nevertheless, Spain is in a complicated situation as it must protect its shores as well as the enclaves in North Africa. One of them, Melilla, currently faces a surge of Moroccans, who are running from the region of Rif where anti-government protests erupted in 2016.

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