An inflatable raft carrying dozens of African migrants landed on the shores of Cadiz in southern Spain after making the journey across the straight of Gibraltar. Upon hitting the beach, occupants can be seen leaping out of the raft and running up the beach.
The Daily Mail reports
Carlos Sanz, who shot the video while on vacation in Cadiz, said the group quickly vanished and police only arrived some time later.
Spanish officials couldn’t immediately be reached after office hours.
The incident comes as the International Organization for Migration warned on Thursday that Spain could overtake Greece this year in the number of migrants arriving by sea, using boats and even jet-skis.
According to the IOM’s latest figures, until August 6, close to 8,200 migrants had arrived in Spain so far this year.
That is more than triple the number who reached Spain at the same time last year, according to Joel Millman, a senior IOM spokesman, and already more than the total arrivals in 2016.
While just 8,200 migrants have arrived in Spain so far this year, and 11,713 are recorded for Greece, Italy takes the cake – letting more than 96,000 mostly North Africans into the country.
Millman shed some light on various strategies for rescue:
‘In Libya there ‘appears to be a very deliberate strategy to put people out there, in overloaded boats that begin to take on water almost immediately and then it’s a race to see how quickly the people on the boat can summon aid,’ he said.
‘Whereas in Spain, the strategy is smaller craft hoping to come in undetected, and undoubtedly some do.’
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