Hundreds of African migrants enter Spain through Ceuta border / 1,000 migrants storm border fence at Spanish enclave of Ceuta / Hundreds of migrants storm Spain’s Ceuta, clashing with police

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Series Details 09.12.16
Publication Date 09/12/2016
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More than 400 African migrants forced their way into Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta on the 9 December 2016, crossing over a barbed-wire fence. It was one of the biggest crossing attempts of recent years over the 'killer fence'.

Ceuta and Melilla, Spanish controlled territory have the European Union's only land borders with Africa.

News sources on the 1 January 2017 reported a further large scale attempted incursion of over 1,000 African migrants into Ceuta. Only two succeeded on this occasion, but a Spanish guard lost his eye in the incident.

News sources reported on the 17 February 2017 a further large-scale incident with hundreds of migrants storming the border crossing into Ceuta, clashing with police.

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ESO: Background information: Amnesty International puts spotlight on Spanish immigration policy, February 2015
The, 09.12.16: Nearly 400 migrants storm border at Spanish enclave of Ceuta
Wikipedia: Ceuta and Melilla
BBC News, 09.12.16: Spain's Ceuta enclave stormed by migrants
EurActiv, 02.01.17: 1,000 migrants storm border fence at Spanish enclave of Ceuta
BBC News, 01.01.17: Migrants storm border fence in Spanish enclave of Ceuta
Deutsche Welle, 01.01.17: Thousands of migrants storm Spanish border injuring guards
ESO: Information Guide: European Migration Challenges
Deutsche Welle, 17.02.17: Hundreds of migrants storm Spain's Ceuta, clashing with police
The, 17.02.17: Hundreds of migrants storm fence to enter Spain from Morocco

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