Sunbathers in Cadiz, Spain, recorded the shocking moment a boat filled with migrant men landed on a beach filled with women, children, and families in broad daylight, before the group disappeared into the hinterland.
The Telegraph — which describes the roughly two dozen men as “undocumented” migrants — quotes witness Carlos Sanz as saying the group vanished before police could arrive.
The Western Mediterranean route to Europe via Spain has been growing in popularity since the European Union began paying the Turkish government to better police the Eastern Mediterranean route via Greece, which was used by some 885,000 migrants in 2015.
However, Italian authorities are finally taking some action to turn back migrant boats whilst they are still in Libyan waters — despite threats from Libyan warlords — and beginning to tackle the so-called rescue ships which have been helping people-smugglersto ferry migrants into Sicily.
This has made Spain increasingly attractive to illegal migrants, and according to data citedby Hungarian security chief György Bakondi some 9,507 migrants have entered the Mediterranean country in the first six months of 2017 — a significant increase on the previous year’s numbers.