Spain's migrant numbers set to triple

Spain's migrant numbers set to triple

At least 6,000 migrants have taken the latter route this year, with many looking to avoid lawless Libya and cross a shorter stretch of sea traditionally used to smuggle drugs, according to the European Union's border agency Frontex.

Migrants don't usually disembark on Spanish beaches but it has happened before, especially near the cities Melilla and Ceuta, which border Morocco.

Sunbathers on a southern Spanish beach were startled this week when 30 to 40 fully clothed men pulled up to shore in a rubber boat and scattered across the sand.

Over 100,000 migrants reached Europe from North Africa and the Middle East from January to June, the overwhelming majority coming by sea, according to the International Organization of Migration.

"It's possible that Spain will outperform Greece this year", Mr Millman said.

However, overall numbers of migrants have fallen by nearly 60% from the same period the previous year.

Southern Spain is already struggling to control shipments of arms, drugs, and illegal tobacco into Spain from Morocco in an increasingly violent trade, with police saying the gangsters are now "winning nearly all the battles".

The migrant crisis is far from over, and this video is a glaring reminder.

Some 11,849 people have arrived in Spain so far this year, compared to 13,246 in all of last year, the IOM says.

Zahara de los Atunes is one of the southernmost parts of Spain: The beach, popular with tourists and known for its tuna, is less than eight miles from the coast of North Africa.

Since the beginning of 2015, more than 1 million migrants have come to Greece and more than 430,000 have come to Italy, but only 29,000 have gone to Spain, according to IOM. The passengers, mostly from Morocco and neighboring Algeria, were looking for a better life in Europe and using Spain as a doorway.

The migrants either make it to the Spanish coast or are intercepted in the Mediterranean Sea by Spain's marine rescue service and then taken ashore.

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