- Title: Rising migrant flow to Spain could become "big emergency" - U.N. says
- Date: 18th August 2017
- Summary: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (AUGUST 18, 2017) (REUTERS) UNITES NATIONS ENTRANCE WITH FLAGS UNITED NATIONS LOGO VARIOUS OF NEWS BRIEFING IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MIGRATION (IOM) SPOKESMAN, JOEL MILLMAN, SAYING: "We haven't heard anything that called attention to any lack of resources or bad practices. We understand that from our experts in the field that Spain now is going through something like what Greece saw in the beginning of 2015 or Italy, you know, even earlier." VARIOUS OF JOURNALISTS LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MIGRATION (IOM) SPOKESMAN, JOEL MILLMAN, SAYING: "Obviously if this grows at the rate it's growing, you know it could be a big emergency and others will probably have to come in." VARIOUS OF JOURNALISTS LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MIGRATION (IOM) SPOKESMAN, JOEL MILLMAN, SAYING: "That deaths this year on the Mediterranean are 800 below what they were at this time last year. The month of August which remarkably has had 21 deaths this year in August so far, two years ago there were over 600 in that month." JOURNALIST LISTENING NEWS BRIEFING IN PROGRESS
- Embargoed: 1st September 2017 17:25
- Keywords: United Nations refugees migrants crisis migrations immigration Spain
- Location: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / ZAHARA DE LOS ATUNES, CEUTA AND TARIFA, SPAIN
- City: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / ZAHARA DE LOS ATUNES, CEUTA AND TARIFA, SPAIN
- Country: Switzerland
- Topics: Government/Politics,United Nations
- Reuters ID: LVA0016UOQO1Z
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The rising flow of migrants to Spain from North Africa could evolve into a "big emergency" if the pace continues, the U.N.'s migration agency said on Friday (August 18).
After large rescues in recent days, including 300 off Spain's southern coast who had attempted to cross the Mediterranean from Morocco, more than 9,000 migrants have arrived by sea in Spain this year, surpassing the 2016 totals, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said.
In addition, 121 migrant deaths have been recorded on the route, against 128 for all of last year.
Spain this year has reported a spike in the number of migrants coming by sea or trying to cross the borders in its two North African enclaves, Ceuta and Melilla, and numbers are expected to double when compared to 2016.
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