Friday, February 1, 2019

Spain: Influx of immigrants increased by 131% last year

After the Government of Pedro Sanchez announced the withdrawal of the concertinas on the border fences with Africa and authorized the berthing of several ships with migrants, it stimulated trafficking mafias.  

Each time a group manages to reach Europe, several NGOs advertise it in African nations to attract new interested parties, turning Spain into the first European territory for the reception of immigrants and refugees who cross the Mediterranean.  

And, even more, its arrival has already tripled in the 1st half of January of 2019: 2,912 people were counted in small boats, that's 365% more than in the same period a year ago.  

While it's true that the number of people crossing to Europe has decreased to 139,000, in the case of Spain has increased by 131%. In total, 65,400 achieved it: 58,600 of them by sea, 6,800 across the borders of Ceuta and Melilla. 

A figure that exceeds that of Greece, with 50,500 refugees and migrants during the last year and Italy, that's fallen drastically from receiving an average of 150,000 a year on its shores, to 23,400 in 2018.  

The main reason? The restrictive policies of the Italian Government of Matteo Salvini, with regard to the reception of ships with immigrants in their ports, have caused an 80% drop in arrivals to their coast.

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