World Migrants, refugees swim from Morocco to Spain’s Ceuta enclave
Ceuta: 1500 of the 6000 migrants entered the enclave returned to Morocco by Spain
© provided by the Parisian Le Parisien The Minister of the Interior Spanish, Fernando Grand Marlaska, announced this Tuesday on television Spanish public that "some 6,000 people" had entered the Ceuta enclave, and "at this time, we returned 1500 of these people and we are continuing these referrals." Fernando Grande-Marlaska, Ministro de Interior, Sober La Situación in Ceuta: "A Esta Hora Hemos Devuelto Unas 1500 Personas Y Estamos Proceediendo A Esta Devolución Para Revert Latiacón" # Lahorade
More than 100 people, including two families with children, swam overnight from Morocco to enter the neighbouring Spanish enclave of Ceuta on Monday, according to local authorities.
The migrants and refugees set off from beaches south of Ceuta and were detained when they entered the tiny Spanish territory, according to a spokesman for the Guardia Civil police force.
influx of migrants in the enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, Spain is firm
© AFP - Antonio Sempere Ceuta border While more than 6,000 people from Morocco entered the Ceuta Spanish enclave in 24 hours, Premier Spanish Pedro Sanchez promised this Tuesday, May 18 to restore the border order. The Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez described as "serious crisis for Spain and also for Europe" The record wave of migrants arrived in the last 24 hours in Ceuta.
They were mostly young men, but children and women were also among the arrivals, said a spokesman for the Spanish government delegation in Ceuta.
Some used inflatable swimming rings while others used rubber dinghies, the spokesman told the AFP news agency.
“It was low tide and in some places you could practically walk across,” he said.
Red Cross workers checked the migrants and refugees before they were taken to a reception centre, AFP reported.
Spanish authorities were in touch with their Moroccan counterparts, but it was too soon to say whether the Moroccans would be deported, a spokesman for the Spanish government delegation in Ceuta told the Associated Press news agency.
The spokesman, who was not authorised to be identified by name, said he could not state the exact number of people who had made the crossing, but confirmed there were “more than 100”.
'I said goodbye to my family and left with nothing'
Around half of the 8,000 migrants who reached a Spanish enclave in Morocco have been sent back.Speaking to Spanish broadcaster RTVE, he gave details of how he had joined the record number of migrants who have illegally entered Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta since Monday.
Police were in the process of identifying them, the spokesman added.
Ceuta and nearby Melilla, another Spanish enclave situated in North Africa, have the European Union’s only land borders with the continent, making them popular entry points for those seeking a better life in Europe.
Every year, hundreds of people risk injuries or death while trying to reach the territories by jumping over fences, hiding inside vehicles, or swimming around breakwaters that extend into the Mediterranean Sea.
A 10-metre (32-foot)-tall double fence surrounds the 8 kilometres (5 miles) of Ceuta’s southwestern border with Morocco, with the rest of the tiny territory facing the Strait of Gibraltar and the European mainland across the Mediterranean Sea.
More than 100 young Moroccans swam into the Spanish territory at the end of April, most of whom were returned to their country in less than 48 hours, after being confirmed as adults.
Spain does not grant Moroccans asylum status.
It only allows unaccompanied children to legally remain in the country under the government’s supervision.
in Ceuta, one inhabitant to search for minor migrants .
© Jon Nazca / Reuters Many minors are part of the migrants who have passed the border to arrive in Ceuta. Since the beginning of the week, Ceuta authorities estimate that between 8 and 10,000 people have entered the Spanish enclave, from Morocco, on the background of diplomatic crisis between the two countries. Among these migrants, there are many minors. Residents mobilize to give news of them to their families.