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Spain under pressure from EU over North African enclaves

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Spain under pressure from EU over North African enclaves

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The European Commission is concerned over Spain’s handling of migrants illegally entering its North African enclaves.

It wants clarification from Madrid over claims of mistreatment and the immediate expulsion of a man who had just managed to get across the fence separating Morocco from the enclave of Melilla.

Immigrants from all over Africa regularly attempt to cross into Melilla and the other Spanish enclave of Ceuta. The numbers have multiplied as increased naval patrols discourage attempts to get to Europe by boat.