Boat full of migrants shocks sunbathers on Spanish beach

Boat full of migrants shocks sunbathers on Spanish beach

Boat full of migrants shocks sunbathers on Spanish beach

More than 8,000 migrants have arrived by sea in Spain, nearly as many as the 11,713 who have landed in Greece.

Some 40 sub-Saharan Africans arrived by boat on a southern Spanish beach recently and scattered among startled sunbathers and a day later some 700 others tried unsuccessfully to storm the border crossing between Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta and Morocco.

A border guard suffered a broken leg after attempting to stop African migrants from breaking through a security gate in the Spanish city of Ceuta.

The numbers have dropped significantly since then, in a large part due to a deal the European Union struck with Turkey to keep migrants there.

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).

"It's possible that Spain will outperform Greece this year", Millman told AFP. The pace has quickened so rapidly in recent months that some experts think the country could overtake Greece in the number of newcomers arriving by boat this year.

Some 11,849 people have arrived in Spain so far this year, compared to 13,246 in all of last year, the IOM says.

Officials with IOM say the increase of migration to Spain has likely associated the safety and ease of making it to shore successfully and penetrating borders with the least resistance.

Tourists on a beach in southern Spain were left shocked when a boat carrying dozens of African migrants landed in front of them.

The migrant crisis is far from over, and this video is a glaring reminder. The passengers, mostly from Morocco and neighboring Algeria, were looking for a better life in Europe and using Spain as a doorway.

Despite seeing an increase in arrivals, Spain is still far behind Italy, which has received 96,861 until 9 August, according to the IOM.

The teenagers will be taken to migrant reception centres, where they can apply for asylum in Spain.

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