Over 1,000 African migrants from the Sub-Saharan have tried to enter Spain since Monday this week and have been picked up from boats in the Strait of Gibraltar.
The UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency,
says that more than 75,000 refugees and migrants arrived in Italy, Greece, Spain
and Malta by sea in the first half of 2014 - - 25% more than the 60,000 who made
the same journey in the whole of 2013, and over three times the 22,500 who
arrived in all of 2012.
El País, the leading Spanish daily newspaper, says that the migrants were taken to a municipal sports centre in Tariff, Cadiz province.
Good weather has led to a rise in the number of people trying to reach Spain illegally across the Mediterranean in small inflatable boats.
Meanwhile, around 700 sub-Saharan migrants attempted to cross the border fence from Morocco into the Spanish north African exclave of Melilla on Tuesday morning. Around 20 were successful and made their way to the local CETI (Centre for Temporary Stay of Immigrants) chanting “Bosa, Bosa,” the victory cry often used by migrants who manage to make it onto Spanish soil.
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