2018 'annus horribilis' with 102 dead off Morocco

49,000 have entered Europe from Spain's coast, IOM

07 November, 17:43

    (ANSAmed) - RABAT, NOVEMBER 7 - This year has been a horrible one for migrants in Morocco with 102 dead including both Moroccans and those of sub-Saharan origins, according to the Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH). At the same time, over 4,700 migrants have been arrested in the Nador in northern Morocco near the Spanish enclave of Melilla since August, the NGO said. According to International Organization for Migration (IOM) figures, in 2018 over 100,603 people have managed to reach European coasts from Africa. Almost half of them entered Spain which in the past year has been the destination for 49,013 migrants, compared with the 27,715 who reached Greece and the 22,167 who arrived in Italy. The route running from the ancient Pillars of Hercules to Algeria is thus the new main migration route to Europe. It is also one of the most dangerous, however, accounting for over 556 migrant deaths. (ANSAmed).

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