U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly recommended that Spain deal with its migration disaster by adopting considered one of his signature insurance policies and developing a border wall — throughout the Sahara desert.
Spain’s International Affairs Minister Josep Borrell revealed President Trump’s recommendation throughout a speech at a gathering of the non-profit cultural group Membership Siglo XXI in Madrid, Spanish media reported.
Spanish officers expressed skepticism and reminded Trump of the vastness of the Sahara, El Pais reported Borrell as saying, however Trump is alleged to have disregarded their considerations and quipped, “The Sahara border can’t be greater than ours with Mexico.”
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Spain doesn’t share a border with the Sahara. It’s bordered to the south nearly totally by the Mediterranean Sea, save for a tiny land border with the British territory of Gibraltar.
The nation does possess two small territories in Africa, Ceuta and Melilla, however these are located on the northern coast of the continent — properly away from the Sahara desert, which stretches throughout practically a dozen international locations.
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Logistical and sovereignty concerns apart, Borrell stated he was against the precept of constructing partitions to curb Europe’s migration disaster throughout his speech, El Confidencial reported.
Nevertheless, the previous president of the European Parliament stated that European international locations do must urgently work in direction of an answer as a result of Africa’s inhabitants is ready to double within the subsequent 20 years (the World Financial Discussion board says the doubling will really take round 32 years).
Spain has discovered itself on the forefront of Europe’s migration disaster. The UN migration company reviews that greater than 33,600 migrants and refugees arrived in Spain by sea to this point this yr, over 43 per cent of all seafaring migrant arrivals to Europe.
A minimum of 354 have died within the course of.
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This month alone, the our bodies of 21 would-be migrants attempting to succeed in Spain have washed up on the shores of the Mediterranean, the UN migration company stated.
Migrants have more and more been trying to Spain after being shunned by Italy’s populist authorities, which has labored to clamp down on refugees, going as far as to close its ports to migrant rescue ships.
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Borrell advised his viewers that he wasn’t in favour of adopting Italy’s hardline stance, however stated he was involved about European societies’ capability to soak up a excessive variety of migrants, “particularly if they’re Muslims.”
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