Spain’s socialist government led by Pedro Sanchez is set to build 30-foot high walls around its North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla to stop illegal migrants entering
The new wall will dwarf the current around the two Spanish cities on the North African coast, which is around 10 feet tall and topped with barbed wire.
Despite the existing fences, both Ceuta and Melilla have seen many migrants storm the border in recent times.
The new walls will not have barbed wire o the top, in order to stop injury of migrants if they make it to the top of the wall. The wall will have a steel cylinder placed at the top to make it harder for migrants to climb over
The idea of a new wall comes after around 300 migrants stormed the enclave of Melilla on Thursday morning. According to local security forces, the attack started at around 6 a.m. and around 50 migrants broke into Spanish land, effectively entering the EU.
The illegals, according to the authorities, were mainly from sub-Saharan Africa. They said it was just the latest incident in which migrants attacked the border this year, despite the coronavirus pandemic, with a group of around 250 making an attempt in April.
Since January an estimated 11,460 migrants have arrived in Spanish territory via various routes, with many arriving in the Canary Islands off north-west Africa via boat.
While illegal migration is down overall due to the pandemic, the islands, popular with British tourists and ex-pats, have seen a 454 per cent increase in arrivals compared to the same period in 2019.
“It’s a great idea, we don’t want more migrants especially from Africa, truth is they arrive and then thieve and rob,” said Jim Mason who has witnessed many boat arrivals on the beaches in Spain’s Marbella
“Once they are on Spanish land that’s it, they never go back – the wall is a great idea – block em out!” he finished.
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