Boatload of migrants stun Spanish sunbathers

  • Boatload of migrants stun Spanish sunbathers

Boatload of migrants stun Spanish sunbathers

Earlier this year, it emerged the number of migrants reaching Malaga in the first six months of 2017 - 749 people - had nearly equalled then umber for the whole of the previous year.

Nearly as many migrants have arrived in Spain so far this year as came to the country throughout 2016, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Footage taken by a beachgoer shows a small boat full of people landing at a popular tourist beach in Spain's southern Cadiz province.

The arrivals to Greece decreased to 12,191 this year, when compared to 161,232 last year, the IOM said.

In contrast, some 13,200 migrants came to Greece this year - more than 11,700 of whom arrived by sea - down from 176,906 in total the previous year. The IOM reports that 97,000 migrants have gotten to Italy by boat so far this year, slightly down from the 100,000 who did so during the same period last year.

Many of those opting for the longer route are from west African countries including Senegal, Gambia, Guinea and Ivory Coast.

Merkel famously opened Germany's doors to asylum-seekers in 2015.

"We assume that some of the change is due to the fact that the route is considered a safe route up to the coast through Morocco", Millman said.

Spain's maritime rescue service, which includes ships, planes and helicopters, rescues migrants at sea and takes them to cities such as Almeria, Malaga, Tarifa, with the Spanish Red Cross on hand to offer aid from healthcare to food and water.

The good weather over the past few weeks seems to have led to a sudden increase in the number of migrants arriving in Spain.

"Some people arrive with little strength left, sometimes they got lost, lost the engine, don't have anything to eat or drink in the boat, some have sunburns or burns from the petrol".

The Interior Ministry's office in Ceuta said the migrants also tried to scale the six-meter-tall (20-foot) barbed-wire fences around Ceuta after the early Thursday crossing attempt at the Tarajal post failed, but were again repelled by Moroccan and Spanish police.