In two waves over 1,500 people have tried to to illegally breach Spain’s border with Morocco.
The migrants were trying to cross into Ceuta, a Spanish enclave perched at the top of mainland Africa, but were stopped by border agents.
This is the latest case of attempted crossings. Speaking on Tuesday Spain’s Interior Minister, Jorge Fernández Díaz, had this to say on the situation:
“There is a huge wave of migration, with thousands and thousands of people trying to enter illegally in Spain and so in the European Union.”
Spain’s Interior Minister warns that around 40,000 people in Morocco alone are waiting to cross into Spanish and ultimately EU territory.
The desperation of migrants to make such crossings was highlighted in February, when 15 people drowned trying to swim to Ceuta.
Spain’s border agency is being investigated for their role in the tragedy, after guards were seen firing rubber bullets at the migrants.