EU addresses Morocco-Spain migration with funds

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ALGECIRAS, SPAIN – JULY 31: Migrants are seen at a rescue boat at the Algeciras’ port on July 31, 2018 in Algeciras, Spain. Almost 400 migrants are stranded at Spain’s southern city of Algeciras as Spanish authorities are overloaded and unable to cope with the recent arrivals. Migrants, some of them who arrived four days ago on the 28th of July, stay at a makeshift camp built with blankets and guarded by the Spanish police.
(Photo by Ignacio Marin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Spain’s foreign minister says the European Union’s executive branch has allocated 55 million euros to manage an upsurge of migrant arrivals, mostly from Morocco.

Josep Borrell says that at least half of the funds will be used to “alleviate the current circumstances in Morocco,” where an increase of boat departures has put the strain on authorities across the Strait of Gibraltar.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says the EU has given the North African kingdom more than 100 million euros to tackle migration over the past decade.

In a letter published on Wednesday on Twitter, Juncker told Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez that the EU was “ready to increase its contribution,” but member countries need to feed a common fiduciary fund for Africa.

With nearly 23 000 arrivals recorded so far, Spain has become the main entry point into Europe this year for migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea by boat.

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