Spain : Country could top Greece in migrant sea arrivals - IOM

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However, overall numbers of migrants have fallen by nearly 60% from the same period the previous year. The latest International Organization for Migration (IOM) data indicated that over 8,000 migrants landed on Spanish shores since the start of the year by August. Greece, meanwhile, has had just over 12,000 migrant sea arrivals in 2017, a huge drop from the 160,000 seen at the same point in 2016.

"It's possible that Spain will outperform Greece this year", Millman said.

Video footage has emerged shocking African migrants being transported into the Spanish territory in North Africa on the back of jet skis. The IOM said 115 people have died along the route this year, compared with 87 last year.

However, Spain has become an increasingly attractive route for migrants and smugglers this year.

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Spain's increase is in stark contrast to the United States where President Trump's' administration has slowed illegal border crossings by more than 72 percent compared to 2016, according to a recent Washington Times article.

"People are talking about going to Spain".

Hungarian security chief György Bakondi puts the total number of arrivals in Spain somewhat higher, citing a figure of 9,507 migrants in the first six months of 2017.

"Otero noted that Spain was capable of welcoming more refugees, adding that it could offer legal alternative ways to reach the country, such as humanitarian or student visas, adding that Spain was a somewhat safer route than those into Italy or Greece".

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Years later, sub-Saharan Africans also fleeing poverty and sometimes war and began to arrive at the Canary Islands from West African countries.

The migrants either make it to the Spanish coast or are intercepted in the Mediterranean Sea by Spain's marine rescue service and then taken ashore.

Earlier this year, it emerged the number of migrants reaching Malaga in the first six months of 2017 - 749 people - had nearly equalled then umber for the whole of the previous year.

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