Spain could overtake Greece in migrant sea arrivals

New arrivals A video filmed by a witness show the dinghy pulling into shallow water at Cadiz

Nearly as many migrants have arrived in Spain so far this year as came to the country throughout 2016, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The group, suspected to be undocumented migrants, arrived the shores of Playa de los Alemanes, a beach in Zahara de los Atunes as onlookers quickly got out their phones to capture the moment.

One man - reported being a 28-year-old from Guinea - drowned before he could be ferried to safety on the coast of Ceuta.

And the list goes on.

Three times as many migrants have arrived so far in 2017 as the amount who had arrived in the same period previous year.

The British tabloid noted that Spain is not alone, with "more than 96,400 have landed so far this year" in Italy, and another 11,713 in Greece.

According to the Express, the number of refugees reaching Spain's southern coast by boat has sky-rocketed in recent months.

'If so, that's a big change'.

He said many people taking the long route towards Italy via the Sahara and Libya were from west Africa.

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The shift may be because migrants are finding the Spanish route safer.

"Whereas in Spain, the strategy is smaller craft hoping to come in undetected, and undoubtedly some do".

The most notable innovation has been the introduction of a compulsory ID card system known as Passolig which all fans must obtain in order to attend league matches.

They are all minors in their teens and, while they did not have any ID on them, are thought to be from Morocco, police were quoted as saying.

Spokesman Manuel Gonzalez told AFP that while they did not have any ID on them, they were thought to be from Morocco.

The migrants were eventually rounded up and taken to a reception centre, where they can apply for asylum in Spain.

A first attempt by about 1,000 people to cross with sticks and hand-made spears was foiled by police from the two countries.

By the time authorities had arrived, the group had dispersed and left the beach. "And others are fine and recover quickly", he said.

As a result, they are entry points for migrants who regularly try to climb high double border fences or force their way through them with wire cutters, or hide in vehicles crossing the frontier.

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