Surge in illegal migrant crossings to Spain, numbers to Italy way down

There are now more migrant crossings to Spain than any other country in Europe, in a sign of changing trends when it comes to the migrant crisis.

Frontex, the European border agency, say that 150,000 people entered EU countries by crossing in illegally in 2018, Reuters report.

Of those, the arrivals to Spain doubled to 57,000, with a route from Morocco becoming most active. A worrying trend.

Compare that to Italy, who have seen numbers fall by 80% to 23,000. Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has taken a tough stance on illegal immigration, and in June he said: “From today, Italy will also start to say no to human trafficking, no to the business of illegal immigration.”

Numbers coming from the likes of Iraq and Syria to Cyprus and Greece rose to 56,000.

Clearly Salvini’s tough stance is having an effect. With the new Spanish nationalist party VOX surging in the polls, it is clear citizens right across Europe want a tougher stance on illegal immigration. In Italy, that tough stance has delivered a big reduction in migrant crossings. Other governments should take note.