Shifting Overseas Route Spain Becomes New Target for Migrants

Although the number of migrants making their way across the Mediterranean to Europe has fallen drastically, the preferred overseas route has now moved westward to the strait between Morocco and Spain. Now Rome, Madrid and North African countries are battling to find a solution. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
Migrants disembark at a beach in Tarifa, southern Spain after crossing the Strait of Gibraltar.

Migrants disembark at a beach in Tarifa, southern Spain after crossing the Strait of Gibraltar.

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Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini at a local election rally in Cinisello Balsamo, near Milan. Salvini has become one of the most high-profile anti-migrant hardliners

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini at a local election rally in Cinisello Balsamo, near Milan. Salvini has become one of the most high-profile anti-migrant hardliners

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The number of migrants making the voyage across the sea to Europe has fallen dramatically in recent years, from 1 million in 2015, to about 58,000 in the first seven months of 2018. Shown here: Migrants at a naval base after being intercepted by the Libyan coast guard near Tripoli, Libya.

The number of migrants making the voyage across the sea to Europe has fallen dramatically in recent years, from 1 million in 2015, to about 58,000 in the first seven months of 2018. Shown here: Migrants at a naval base after being intercepted by the Libyan coast guard near Tripoli, Libya.

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