SPAIN’S Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska has said “the upward trend of recent months has been broken” after the number of unauthorised migrants arriving on the shores of Spain fell to 930 people in February compared to over 4,000 in January.
The Minister was speaking at the weekend on a visit to Spain’s northern African enclave of Melilla.
The number is a big drop on the previous month when 4,104 migrants arrived in 98 boats. January’s figure was almost three times higher than that of 2018 which saw 1,396 people in 60 vessels landed in January 2018.
In 2018 Spain became the leading entry point into Europe for illegal migrants when it received over 57,000 people by sea compared to 21,000 in 2017.
Migrants from the Middle East and North and West Africa continue to journey to Europe to flee poverty, war and persecution in their home countries.