Stunned beachgoers watch as ANOTHER boat full of African migrants washes up in Spain before dozens of young men rush on to shore to cheers

Stunned beachgoers watch as ANOTHER boat full of African migrants washes up in Spain before dozens of young men rush on to shore to cheers

30 August 2018 - 09:55

A boat carrying young migrants has landed on a beach in southern Spain, catching holidaymakers by surprise in the second such incident in two days.

Video footage shows the boat approaching the shore and at least two dozen people jumping off into the shallows before running across the sand.

The migrants, seemingly all young men, dash past beach-goers on their towels as they try to make it off the sands before being caught by authorities.

Some of them even wave to the people enjoying a day out on the beach, who are heard wising them luck, cheering them on and offering them water.

The incident took place on the beach of Fontanilla, in Conil de la Frontera, in the southern Spanish province of Cadiz in the region of Andalusia.  

According to local media, authorities detained those who had arrived on the boat, of which 13 were minors, shortly afterwards.

The incident took place two days after another similar incident on a beach located just a few miles north of Fontanilla.

Holidaymakers watched a semi-inflatable carrying around 50 people, including at least 19 children, land on Barrosa Beach, some seven miles from Fontanilla.

Footage shows refugees sprinting up the popular beach at about 3.30pm on Sunday before attempting to scale cliffs.

The incident happened near a purpose-built residential and tourist resort called Sancti Petri which boasts shops, restaurants and several four and five-star hotels. 

According to local police, some 25 of the migrants, all Moroccan citizens, had been intercepted - 19 of whom were minors. 

A spokesman for the force said the six adults would be taken to an adult migrant holding centre before being returned to their country of origin as part of an agreement with Morocco.

Local media report that at least 500 migrants have landed on the Andalusian coast on 18 different boats since Friday.

 Landings: La Fontanilla and Sunday's landing spot Barrosa Beach seen in relation to Morocco , where the boats would have come from, and the Spanish North African enclave of Ceuta 

 Landings: La Fontanilla and Sunday's landing spot Barrosa Beach seen in relation to Morocco , where the boats would have come from, and the Spanish North African enclave of Ceuta 

Spain sent back to Morocco Thursday 116 migrants who stormed the fence, some of whom threw a corrosive substance which left police officers with burns. 

Human rights groups complained the return was carried out too quickly to give the migrants access to legal assistance and interpreters, and to identify asylum seekers, while political opponents criticised the government's approach as inconsistent. 

Spain's Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who took office in June, put migration at the heart of his new government’s policies when he agreed to receive more than 600 migrants aboard a charity-run ship, the Aquarius. 

The government of Spain defended its hardline position on its immigration policy on Wednesday, saying that it will not tolerate violent attempts to enter the country.

'Spain and Morocco wanted to send a clear message this time to the criminal organisations that traffic people,' Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska told a parliamentary commission, according to Reuters. 

'We will not permit violent migration that attacks our country and our state security forces,' he added. 

The government's immigration policy was based on 'solidarity, humanity and security' and the returned migrants had been assisted, Grande-Marlaska said.

'You started by receiving the migrants from the Aquarius and being applauded across Europe,' said Ione Belarra, a deputy with anti-austerity party Podemos.

'We have seen a radical change in your migration policy,' she added.


The incident happened around 3.30pm on Sunday at Barrosa Beach, considered to be one of the best beaches on Spain's southern coast

The incident happened around 3.30pm on Sunday at Barrosa Beach, considered to be one of the best beaches on Spain's southern coast

African migrants have for years tried to enter Europe by climbing the razor-wire topped fences that separate the two Spanish territories of Ceuta and Melilla from Morocco.

The route accounts for some 13 percent of total illegal migrant arrivals in Spain.

On Wednesday alone, the Spanish coast guard said it had rescued 196 people from eight boats in the narrow Gibraltar Strait that separates Spain from Morocco.

Last month, around 50 migrants were filmed landing on a packed beach in and sprinting up the sand at a beach in Zahora, a 20 minute drive from Fontanilla.

The men and women videoed jumping from the rickety wooden boat known as a patera in the July 28 arrival, were from sub-Saharan Africa.

Days earlier, dozens of migrants were filmed storming another southern Spanish beach as confused sunbathing nudists watched on.

The dramatic clip, taken on the beach at Tarifa, showed a group of more than 30 migrants landing in a dinghy before sprinting off into woodland surrounding the beach to evade the pursuing Spanish border guards.

Spain has overtaken Italy as the preferred destination for migrant arrivals in Europe this year after Italy's new hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini introduced a blanket ban on migrant boats entering the country's ports.

The number of migrants and refugees using the western Mediterranean route to reach Spain stood at 20,992 between January 1 and July 25 according to the IOM, close to the 22,108 people who used it during the whole of last year.

Migrant routes to Europe: What are the long and perilous routes thousands of people are taking?

Illegal migrants seeking to enter Europe use various long and perilous routes that are evolving as authorities attempt to stem the flow of new arrivals.

Here is an overview of how people are reaching the continent.

How do migrants reach Europe

Most arrive by crossing the Mediterranean, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), with 172,000 entering through Greece, Italy and Spain last year.

The number of arrivals is down sharply from the peak in 2015, when 1.02 million entered Europe via the Mediterranean.

Since the start of this year there have been 44,370 arrivals; that is far below the 48,000 who entered Greece over just five days in October 2015.


Maltese paramedics aid migrants on board the Lifeline NGO rescue vessel stranded in the Mediterranean with more than 200 migrants as it finally berthed in Valletta, Malta, on 27 June 2018

Maltese paramedics aid migrants on board the Lifeline NGO rescue vessel stranded in the Mediterranean with more than 200 migrants as it finally berthed in Valletta, Malta, on 27 June 2018

What are the routes across the Mediterranean?

Most of the crossings last year were from Libya or Tunisia into Italy, known as the 'Central Mediterranean' route, says the EU's Frontex border agency.

It was used by 118,962 people, mostly Nigerians, Guineans and Ivorians.

But arrivals via this route have plunged 75 per cent since a controversial July 2017 deal between Rome and the Libyan coastguard.

Crossings have also dropped sharply from Turkey to Greece, the 'Eastern Mediterranean' route. After close to 900,000 migrants in 2015, Frontex recorded only 42,000 last year, essentially Afghans, Iraqis and Syrians.

The decline came after a 2016 deal between the EU and Turkey in which Ankara agreed to take back illegal migrants landing on Greek islands in exchange for billions of euros in aid and other incentives.

More recently there has been a sharp increase in the use of a route between Morocco and Spain.

Nearly abandoned until 2000, this 'Western Mediterranean' route saw 23,000 crossings last year, mostly of Algerians, Ivorians and Moroccans.

The number of migrants and refugees using the route to reach Spain stood at 20,992 between January 1 and July 25 according to the International Organization for Migration.

This compared to Italy, where just over 19,500 have arrived up to August 23, and at least 13,120 in Greece, according to UNHCR.

The renewed popularity of the route is straining Spain's law-enforcement response and its social safety networks.

Of the 972 who lost their lives at sea trying to make the crossing to Europe, nearly a third (292) died trying to reach Spain.

Other ways into Europe

The main secondary route into the EU is through the western Balkans into Eastern Europe.

Around 12,000 people entered this way last year, most of them Afghans, Iraqis and Pakistanis - a sharp reduction from the 760,000 in 2015.

But this path joins up with one used by migrants who have already passed through Turkey and Greece, meaning the actual numbers of new arrivals don't always add up.

Routes into Europe are constantly evolving: according to the French embassy in Slovenia, a new one is developing from Greece through Albania, Croatia and Slovenia, with nearly 1,800 crossings between January and May this year.

An 'Arctic route' was briefly in operation 2015 when about 100 migrants crossed a day from Russia into Norway on bicycle.

Getting through Africa

There are also several routes from African countries to departure points on the Mediterranean, some involving a dangerous crossing of the Sahara desert.

A Somali leaving from Mogadishu, for example, could travel via Addis Ababa, Khartoum, Cairo and then Tripoli, ahead of the sea crossing to Europe.

An Ivorian leaving from Abidjan might pass via Ouagadougou, Niamey and Agadez - Niger's renowned 'gateway to the Sahara' - to reach Libya.

The high human toll

The UNHCR says it has registered 16,607 migrants dead or missing at sea since 2014.

To this should be added the toll for the perilous Sahara crossing, which the International Organization for Migration says is probably as high as that for the Mediterranean.

United for Intercultural Action, a Dutch group which records the identities of victims of the crossings, says at least 34,361 migrants have died trying to reach Europe since 1993.

'Thousands of others have never been found,' it says.


Source: daily mail
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