Migrants Storm Beach in Southern Spain as Confused Sunbathers Look On
Aug 11 2017 by Desiree Burns
Zahara de los Atunes is one of the southernmost parts of Spain: The beach, popular with tourists and known for its tuna, is less than eight miles from the coast of North Africa.
African migrants are seeking a cheaper and risky path to Europe with a rising number setting sail for Spain from Morocco using toy dinghies and jetskis, migration experts say.
Bathers on a southern Spanish beach watched in amazement when a large dinghy carrying as many as 20 African migrants came ashore in broad daylight before its occupants fled into the surrounding countryside.
Despite seeing an increase in arrivals, Spain is still far behind Italy, which has received 96,861 until 9 August, according to the IOM. Over the past few years, migrants from North Africa and the Middle East have tended to go from Libya to Italy or through Turkey to Greece.
Faced with the danger, some may be deciding to go up along the coast instead. It seems like it is safer to go through Morocco to Spain than through Libya.
This is a different tactic to many migrants arriving from Libya, who are often packed onto leaky, overloaded boats, with the intention of summoning aid as quickly as possible.
He also said they were using smaller crafts to cross the short but choppy sea to Spain in the hope of slipping in undetected.
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