Migrant crisis continues as 100 arrive in Spain and over 500 in Greece

Europe’s migrant crisis continues unabated as 100 climb 20ft barbed wire fences to storm into Spanish enclave as group of 13 boats arrives on one Greek beach

  • Around a hundred sub-Saharan Africans jumped over fences into Ceuta today
  • Several migrants clung to the tops of 20ft fences as Spanish police waited below
  • Meanwhile more than 500 landed on dinghies at the Greek island of Lesbos 
  • Most were taken to a UN camp where thousands are awaiting processing    

Europe’s migrant crisis continued today with 100 scaling a 20ft barbed wire fence into a Spanish enclave and more than 500 arriving on boats at a beach in Greece.

Authorities in Ceuta say that around 100 sub-Saharan Africans made their way into the Spanish territory after climbing fences that separate it from Morocco.

Meanwhile authorities on Lesbos said 13 rubber dinghies packed with 547 migrants – more than 240 of them children – landed at the fishing village of Skala Sikamia. 

A total of 547 people landed on the Greek island of Lesbos this morning, including 177 men, 124 women and 246 children

Migrants, who arrived on 13 boats, sit on the beach at Skala Sikamias, Lesbos Island, Greece on Friday

Migrants hang on 20ft fences as they make their way into the Spanish enclave of Ceuta from Morocco on Friday

A detained migrant’s face is torn with anguish as he sits with others after entering Ceuta today

Of these, nearly 200 were taken to an identification centre and the rest remained at the UN’s Sikamia camp, which houses thousands of migrants.

The government in Cueta said the hundred migrants who entered today ran from the breakwater where a five mile fence meets the sea. 

Five Civil Guard officers were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

This is the first crossing attempt in Ceuta in over a year. In July, over 200 people tried to cross into Melilla, Spain’s other North African enclave.

Those who make it across the end up in crowded migrant centres from which they are eventually repatriated or let go. 

Authorities in Ceuta said around 100 sub-Saharan Africans made their way into the Spanish territory after climbing fences that separate it from Morocco

Men can be seen standing up on the high barbed wire fence after crossing in from Morocco

In Greece, Lesbos remains the main port of arrival and has since an increase of 44 percent compared to the same period last year (pictured: migrants this morning)

Ceuta is separated from the Spanish mainland by just 12.5miles across the Strait of Gibraltar and Spain has become a leading migrant entry route.

Last year over 57,000 unauthorised arrivals were made through Spain, after Italy essentially closed its borders to migrants leaving Libya. 

Meanwhile in Greece, Lesbos remains the main port of arrival and has since an increase of 44 percent compared to the same period last year.

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