Human Rights & Public Liberties

Human Rights & Public Liberties

Published on: 13 Jan, 2021

A new wave of African Migrants

Published on: 19 January, 2021

Just before dawn, today, Tuesday 150 migrants took by storm the border fence splitting the enclave Melilla from Morocco. 87 of the migrants got across despite efforts to stop them by the Moroccan and Spanish security forces. It was the largest mass attempt to cross the border fence since August 20 when some 300 people stormed the fence, although only 30 managed to get across and one died during the attempt.  During Today’s incident, nine migrants were hurt while trying to get into the tiny Spanish territory, while the rest were being registered at the migrant reception centre. Melilla and Ceuta, another Spanish territory in North Africa, have the European Union’s only land borders with Africa. They are favoured entry points for African migrants seeking a better life in Europe.