The number of migrants arriving in Spain has more than doubled this year, according to the EU’s border agency.
Frontex Director, Fabrice Leggeri, said: “We have registered almost 14,000 arrivals in Spain, arriving from Morocco, from the western part of the Maghreb,” which represents a 2 1/2 times increase on the same numbers who arrived last year.
Leggeri explained that the figures included both sea arrivals on mainland Spain as well as land arrivals via Spanish enclaves in northern Africa, where thousands of migrants have frequently tried to storm the border fence.
Figures show that most of the new arrivals came from Morocco – a country which isn’t war torn and is visited by around 600,000 Brits every year, according to the Foreign Office.
Despite the enormous increase, Spain is still only the third most popular route into Europe, but as authorities crack down on crossings to Greece and Italy, the numbers arriving in Spain is likely to increase.