Migrants arriving at a port in southern Spain
Migrants arriving at a port in southern Spain

Over 10,000 migrants and refugees landed on Spanish coasts in October, the highest number for the country in the past five years of the migration crisis. The data shows a migration emergency that is not seen on other Mediterranean routes.

Over 10,000 migrants and refugees landed on Spanish coasts in October, a record high for the country in the past five years of the migration crisis, according to data from the International Organization for Migration. The IOM spokesman in Geneva, Joel Millman, was quoted by Spanish media as saying that Spain is the main destination for irregular immigration across the Mediterranean Sea this year. It saw over 10,000 migrants arrive in October, a number never before seen in a single month for this route, he said. 


Constant rise since early 2018 

From the very beginning of this year, Spain has seen a constant increase in migrant flows, with an initial significant peak in May, when the number was at 3,523 compared with the 1,258 seen the previous month. Since then, arrivals via sea have steadily increased with 8,054 landing on the country's coasts in September and the record 10,042 from October 1 to October 28. 

Other routes not experiencing an emergency 

Spain's migration emergency is not seen on the other migratory routes in the central and eastern Mediterranean. Millman noted that the worst moment had been in the second half of 2015, when 10,000 migrants and refugees were arriving on European coasts in a month and sometimes even on a single day. He added that the month of October 2015 had seen 211,000 migrants and refugees arrive via sea, mostly in Greece and Italy. 
 

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