European officials are examining the plight of African migrants who try to get to Europe via Spain’s North African enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta. A European Commission delegation has arrived in the region, just days after 11 people died trying to scale the razor wire fences around the enclaves.
Many of those in a Red Cross camp in Melilla have travelled for months to get there. Controversy rages about what happens to those who fail to make it into the enclaves, chased away by Spanish police. Hundreds of migrants were found this week walking through the desert near El Aouina Souatar in the south of Morocco, reportedly rounded up and taken there in buses and trucks by Moroccan forces.
Morocco now says it is regrouping the migrants and plans to repatriate them. The charity Doctors Without Borders complained about the treatment of the migrants, who say they were left in the middle of nowhere without enough food and water.