Frontex chief: Increase in migrants reaching EU via Spain
BERLIN â" Migrants are increasing ly taking the Western route across the Mediterranean to reach Europe via Spain, the head of the EUâs border monitoring agency warned.
âIf you ask me about my greatest concern, I say itâs Spain,â Frontex chief Fabrice Leggeri told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag in an interview to be published Sunday, excerpts of which were released Saturday.
The agency registered 6,000 irregular border crossings from Africa in the region last month, Leggeri said. Around half of those trying to enter the Continent are Moroccans, while the rest of them come from countries in West Africa, he added.
âIf numbers there [continue to] increase as they did recently, this route will become the most important one [into Europe],â he told the newspaper.
Increasingly, traffickers in Niger offer migrants to bring them to Europe via Morocco instead of through Libya, Welt am Sonntag wrote, referring to Frontex information.
Leggeri stressed the importance of settin g up international housing centers in Africa where migrants are brought back to when theyâre picked up at sea instead of bringing them to Europe.
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