Moroccan Immigrants Attempting to Sneak into Spain

May 18, 2021

Moroccan Immigrants Attempting to Sneak into Spain

The United States is not the only country in the world with a severe immigration problem. Spain is having difficulty with illegal immigrants from Morocco attempting to sneak into the country. Around 3,000 Moroccans, a third being minors and women, used inflatable boats and swam to cross the Spanish border in Ceuta.

Details of the Influx

According to Spanish authorities, there has never been a greater influx of migrants from northern Africa in a single day than the surge that occurred Monday. The journey killed many Moroccans who attempted to cross into Spain.

A young boy drowned while swimming to Spain. Additionally, multiple toddlers were taken to Spanish hospitals because of hypothermia. Spain relies on Morocco to control immigration to the country as its southern ally.

However, Morocco became lenient because the Madrid government supported a militant leader fighting for independence in the country. This decision angered the Moroccan government, which resulted in 3,000 immigrants attempting to enter Spain illegally.

Moroccans attempting to gain entry to Spain is a common occurrence. Ceuta is the area that African migrants first come to enter Spain. Every year, there are hundreds of deaths because the journey across the Mediterranean Ocean is perilous.

Also, once immigrants arrive in Ceuta, they must jump over fences and hide in secluded areas to not get caught. These actions result in death as well, so the trip is not safe at any time.

Police Strain

The Monday influx took Spanish authorities by surprise. There was barely enough support to detain the immigrants that tried to enter Spain. Moreover, the Monday total was three times the amount that previously tried to enter the nation in 2021.

In 2020, 2,228 people tried to come to Spain from Morocco. The Spanish authorities deserve a lot of credit for safely ending the influx on Monday.

The medical workers were sensational on Monday, saving hundreds of lives. Moroccans lined up at the door of a Spanish Red Cross facility because of injuries. Red Cross treated all the people as quickly as possible.

For this reason, Spain had to utilize 200 extra police officers in Ceuta. In detail, this included special operation forces, anti-riot authorities, and border control experts from the area. This helped speed up the process of sending Moroccans back to their country.

In general, Spain does not grant asylum status for Moroccan adults or accompanied children. Out of the 3,000 people who arrived, only unaccompanied children were able to stay in Morocco under the supervision of Spanish authorities.

Consequences of Hospitality

Morocco let down their guard for immigrants after the Spanish government hosted Brahim Ghali, the militant leader trying to overthrow the crown. However, he is recovering from COVID-19 in a Spanish hospital, and the Moroccan government did not like the hospitality of their enemy.

Mohamed Benaissa, the head of a nonprofit group in Morocco that helps immigrants, explained why the problem occurred in Spain. He said;

“The information that we have is that the Moroccan authorities reduced the usually heavy militarization of the coasts, which come after Morocco’s foreign ministry statement about Spain’s hosting of Brahim Ghali.”

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