Spain sees increase in number of migrants landing on shores

Video shows dinghy carrying dozens of migrants landing on Andalusia beach

National media in Spain have reported on a vessel arriving at the holiday resort of Zahara De Los Atunes, Andalusia. The eyewitness footage shows the migrants arriving, then running across the beach. Video: Javier Neira

 

Spain is seeing an increase in the number of migrants arriving on its shores over the past few weeks due to good weather conditions.

A dinghy carrying dozens of migrants landed on Wednesday in the middle of a beach full of holiday makers in Zahara de los Atunes on the coast of Andalusia, southern Spain.

The dinghy landed at the Playa de los Alemanes beach at around 2 pm local time after crossing the Strait of Gibraltar, local media reported.

Footage on social media showed the boat landing and the migrants jumping out and running up the beach.

The dinghy’s point of departure was not known and there was no immediate comment from police.

Over 100,000 migrants reached Europe from North Africa and the Middle East from January to June, the overwhelming majority coming by sea, according to the International Organization of Migration.

Overall numbers have fallen by almost 60 per cent from the same period the previous year.

Reuters