Spain Reports 0.9% Increase in Irregular Migration to the Occupied City of Ceuta in 2023

Afaf Fahchouch
Afaf Fahchouch
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A recent report from the Spanish Ministry of the Interior highlights that 868 individuals arrived in the occupied city of Ceuta between the 1st of January and October 15 this year, marking a 0.9% increase compared to the same period in the previous year.

According to the data released by the ministry to Spanish media, these numbers pertain to migrants who managed to enter the occupied enclave by crossing through one of the border fence entrances separating it from the T├ętouan region or by swimming through the coastal waves.

On another note, the same source noted a 51.4% decline in the number of sea arrivals to occupied Ceuta, with only 54 migrants recorded this year, compared to 111 during the same period last year.

Additionally, the Spanish ministry’s report registered a 42% decrease in the number of irregular migration boats reaching the enclave, with 14 boats entering the city’s waters so far this year, down from 24 boats during the same period in 2022.

According to the same data, migrants primarily originate from Algeria, Syria, and Yemen, with a significant portion being unaccompanied minors, making up the majority of recent arrivals in occupied Ceuta.


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