Refugee arrivals by sea in Spain triple

Refugee arrivals by sea in Spain triple

Refugee arrivals by sea in Spain triple

"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.

Spanish coastguards said they had rescued 10 men from sub-Saharan Africa in a rickety boat off Tarifa in southern Spain.

Some 6,800 people arrived in Spain between January and May this year, almost 90% fewer than in Italy.

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.

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

The Spanish Red Cross, whose workers are among the first to tend to migrants when they arrive, says it has treated double the number of sea-arriving migrants in southern Spain during the first since six months of 2017 compared to a year earlier.

According to data compiled by the International Organization for Migration, between the start of the year and July 16, 7,389 migrants had arrived in Spain on what is known as the "Western Mediterranean Route".

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

This is a different tactic to many migrants arriving from Libya, who are often packed onto leaky, overloaded boats, with the intention of summoning aid as quickly as possible.

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 passengers, mostly from Morocco and neighboring Algeria, were looking for a better life in Europe and using Spain as a doorway.

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

The week-long agreement with the Moroccan authorities involves closing the border crossing "Tarajal".

More than 1,600 people have been rescued off the coast of Cádiz since January.

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