Spain and immigration. Still they come

Series Details Number 8477
Publication Date 11/05/2006
ISSN 0013-0613
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Feature published by the Economist in May 2006 on the inflow of migrants from Africa into Europe through Spain and its shores, despite Spanish attempts to tackle the problem.

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The number of obstacles placed by Spain along the borders with Africa increased throughout the years. When boatloads of immigrants began arriving on beaches near Gibraltar in the 1990s, it installed an early-warning radar system. When groups of immigrants pushed their way into Ceuta and Melilla, fences were erected. They were strengthened last year, after the existing ones were again stormed by hundreds of would-be immigrants. Alongside these solutions, Spain has tried to reach out to African countries for help in tackling the inflow of migrants.

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