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UN Warns Spain Could Overtake Greece as Number of Migrants Pouring in Triples

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The number of illegal migrants travelling to Spain by sea or forcing the borders of its North African exclaves has risen so much that it may soon overtake Greece as the second major entry point to Europe, according to the United Nations Migration Agency.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) — incorporated into the UN system in late 2016 — says the number of migrants arriving in Spain is three times higher than it was this time last year.

“We assume that some of the change is due to the fact that the route [to Spain] is considered a safe route up to the coast through Morocco,” said Joel Millman, a senior IOM spokesman.

“It’s possible that Spain will outperform Greece this year,” he added. “If so, that’s a big change.”

 

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