There were dramatic scenes on a Spanish beach packed with tourists on Friday when a dinghy crammed with migrants landed in the surf. Its occupants quickly scattered among the holidaymakers with the police in pursuit. It was a busy weekend for the Spanish authorities who managed to rescue nearly 1,000 migrants from the Mediterranean with 200 pulled from 10 boats on Saturday.
A vessel filled with over 30 illegal migrants landed on a Spanish beach on Friday, while being pursued by a police boat. The migrants quickly scattered after landing. According to the Spanish Coast Guard, over 1,400 migrants have arrived in the past 3 days. pic.twitter.com/Gf2fKtQb0W— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) July 31, 2018
Even though Europe has experienced a dramatic decline in migrant arrivals along the Mediterranean coast, Statista's Niall McCarthy notes that more than 1,500 people have died attempting to make the crossing for the fifth year in a row.
While the amount of arrivals in Italy has fallen considerably, Spain is experiencing a surge in traffic. Between 1 January and 25 July 2017, 94,448 migrants made their way to Italy and that fell to 18,130 during the same period in 2018, according to the IOM.
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Spain only counted 6,513 Mediterranean arrivals in the first seven months of 2017 and that has now climbed steeply to 20,992 between 1 January and 25 July 2018. Libya has clamped down on human traffickers and that has resulted in higher numbers of people attempting to make the crossing from Algeria and Morocco.