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Morocco imposes online entry permit rule for African travellers

Morocco has imposed a new rule requiring African migrants to fill out an online travel form for approval at least 96 hours before leaving home.
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Spain returns migrants to Morocco after storming of Melilla enclave

Spain sent 55 migrants back to Morocco on Monday a day after they forced their way into the Spanish territory of Melilla during an assault on the border in which two migrants died and 19 were injured.
A picture taken on September 4, 2018 shows a general view of the border and customs checkpoint that allows passage between Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta, which lies on the Strait of Gibraltar, and Morocco. - AFP PHOTO - FADEL SENNA

Spain, Morocco in talks to repatriate migrant minors

Madrid and Rabat are in talks to repatriate thousands of Moroccan minors who arrived in Spain alone without their parents, a Spanish interior ministry spokesman said Friday
African Migrants

Bodies of 11 migrants recovered off Morocco coast

The bodies of 11 migrants were recovered and another 32 people were rescued in the sea north of Morocco, authorities in the North African country said on Tuesday.
Men wait to disembark from the Italian Coast Guard vessel "Diciotti" following a rescue operation of migrants and refugees at sea on June 13, 2018 in the port of Catania, Sicily. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on June 12, 2018, he would go to Libya -- the launchpad for many migrants and refugees fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East -- by the end of the month. "This situation (of migrants) needs to be resolved on the African continent," said Salvini, whose new populist government has vowed a tougher stance on immigration. He wants to cut the number of arrivals to Italy -- something already achieved by his predecessor thanks to a deal struck with Libyan authorities -- while accelerating the expulsion of "illegals"./ AFP PHOTO / GIOVANNI ISOLINO

Official: Nearly 700 migrants rescued off Spain coast weekend

A total of 675 migrants, including children and babies, were rescued off the Spanish coast over the weekend, a government spokesman told AFP.

21 more bodies wash up as migrants try to reach Spain

The bodies of 21 people believed to be migrants trying to reach Spain have washed up on the shores of the Mediterranean this month, the UN migration agency said in statement on Friday.
A picture taken on September 4, 2018 shows a general view of the border and customs checkpoint that allows passage between Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta, which lies on the Strait of Gibraltar, and Morocco. - AFP PHOTO - FADEL SENNA

Morocco says over 50,000 migrant crossings to Europe foiled

Moroccan authorities have so far this year foiled 54,000 bids by illegal migrants to cross to Europe, the official MAP news agency reported Friday.

Police arrest 10 migrants at Spain-Morocco border

Ten of the more than 600 migrants who forced their way into the Spanish territory of Ceuta last month by storming a heavily fortified border fence with Morocco were arrested Tuesday, police said.
African Migrants

IOM: 1,500 migrants died in Mediterranean so far in 2018

The UN says for the fifth straight year, 1,500 migrants perished in the Mediterranean, with the route between Libya and Italy being the deadliest.

Father of boy smuggled into Spain in suitcase walks free

A Spanish court on Tuesday allowed an Ivory Coast man to walk free, with only a small fine to pay, after his son was found crammed into a suitcase at a border crossing.

Spain docks Ivorian man who smuggled son in suitcase

The heart-rending photo went round the world in 2015, showing an Ivorian eight-year-old boy Adou Ouattara crammed into a suitcase that was found at a Spanish border crossing.

More than 200 migrants storm Morocco-Spain border

More than 200 African migrants stormed over a high double fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla on Saturday, officials said, leaving some of them and a police officer injured.

Spanish police in manhunt for driver who killed 13 in Barcelona rampage

Police on Friday hunted for the driver who rammed a van into pedestrians on an avenue crowded with tourists in Barcelona, leaving 13 people dead and more than 100 injured, just hours before a second assault in a resort along the coast.

186 migrants storm Spanish border post – Red Cross

The Spanish Red Cross says it has tended to 186 migrants who stormed a pedestrian border post to enter Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta from Morocco.

19 migrants reach Spain’s coast in 2 small boats

The Red Cross says that 19 migrants have arrived to Spain's southeastern coast in two small boats.

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