Immigration: '80,000 illegals at our border' says Spain

Trying to enter EU through Ceuta, Melilla says interior minister

04 March, 18:39

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, MARCH 4 - Some 80,000 Moroccan and Mauritanian illegal immigrants are seeking enter Europe through the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said Tuesday in a speech to 127 new Catalan police officers. The numbers came from Spanish, Moroccan and Mauritanian intelligence, the minister said.

    Diaz yesterday called on the European Union to give Spain 45 million euros to handle the ''grave crisis'' it is facing in its two cities, which are located within Moroccan territory.

    The immigrants hail from Morocco and Mauritania in equal measure, and many are being trafficked by criminal organizations, the minister said, qualifying the situation in the two Spanish enclaves as ''an absolute emergency''.

    (ANSAmed).

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