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Ceuta: Spanish borders are EU borders

Brussels 18.05.2021 The European Council President Charles Michel expressed “full solidarity” with Spain after holding urgent talks with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, who cancelled his trip to Paris to address with what he has described a “serious crisis” for both the Iberian country and the EU.

European Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson told the European Parliament that the influx on Monday, May 17, was unprecedented, reportedly among six thousand arrivals about 1,500 are claiming to be minors.

“It is worrying that at least 6,000 people, a big number of them children, have been swimming to Ceuta, putting their life in danger. Many had to be rescued. One person died,” Johansson said.

“…A big number of them children, have been swimming to Ceuta. Putting their life in danger. Many had to be rescued. One person died. The most important thing now is that Morocco continues to commit to prevent irregular departures and that those that do not have the right to stay are orderly and effectively returned.
Spanish borders are European borders. The European Union wants to build a relationship with Morocco based on trust and shared commitments. Migration is a key element in this regard I am following this very closely together with the High Representative / Vice President Josep Borrell, and Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi
and of course, with the Spanish authorities”.

“We cannot rely on third countries to prevent irregular migration anymore! We need to finally start protecting our own borders and return irregular migrants immediately! THIS is what you call border protection, not asking other countries politely to prevent migrants to depart!” the Member of the European Parliament Bernhard Zimniok (AfD, Germany) tweeted in response to the Commissioner Johansson.

Hundreds of Africans stormed Spanish border

One African illegal migrant died and three others were injured when a crowd of more than 300 people stormed the border fence separating Spanish enclave Melilla from Morocco, the local authorities informed.

Hundreds of illegal migrants managed to scale the seven-meter high metal barrier and were taken to a reception center in Melilla where officials started the process of identifying them.

Migrants storm border in Spain

A crowed of 300 strong sub-Saharan African migrants stormed the six-metre razor-wire fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla early morning hourse on Tuesday, 9.05.2016, at least hundred of them successfully crossed the border, police said.

Three police officers were injured and required medical attention after the 0500 GMT incident. Illegal migrants threw stones at border security, Spanish police added.

Spain’s two enclaves in Morocco, Ceuta and Melilla, are often used as entry points into Europe by African migrants, who either climb over border fences or try to swim along the coast. (PHOTO: illustration)