Málaga, Spain

The Week Middle East - - News -

Mi­grant surge on “Western route”: Spain could be set to sur­pass Greece as a gate­way for mi­grants reach­ing Europe by sea, fol­low­ing a tre­bling of num­bers on the Western Mediter­ranean route, ac­cord­ing to the In­ter­na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Mi­gra­tion. Al­most 8,300 peo­ple have ar­rived in Spain from Morocco so far this year, with num­bers in­creas­ing sharply in re­cent months. Around 11,700 mi­grants ar­rived in Greece in the same pe­riod. Italy is still re­ceiv­ing the high­est num­ber of mi­grants (96,800 in the year to date), most of them via Libya; but num­bers fell by 50% be­tween June and July. The hor­rific con­di­tions in Libya, where re­ports abound of mi­grants from Sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa be­ing tor­tured and killed by traf­fick­ers – plus re­newed ef­forts by the Libyan coast­guard to block mi­grant boats from set­ting sail for Italy – may be be­hind the surge in num­bers at­tempt­ing the Span­ish route.

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