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    Spain Closes 2014 with Irregular Immigration Record

    December 27, 2014

    Madrid, Spain closes this year with an absolute record of 7,000 irregular immigrants, 1,200 more than in the previous year, to be located in the 5th place among the member countries of the European Union, as said by a report published here Friday.

    In total, it is estimated that more than 260,000 immigrants crossed the European borders irregularly, compared to 107,000 immigrants who did so in 2013. Italy was the country with the biggest entrance gauge.


    Gil Arias, assistant director of the European Agency for the Operative Cooperation Management in Outer Borders of the EU (Frontex) said that most of the cases used ships or boats to travel by sea.


    In the last 15 years Spain spent more than 280 million euros to control its borders, besieged by people mainly from countries in Africa and the Middle East affected by famines and wars.


    According to the Interior Ministry, about 17,000 people tried to enter Ceuta and Melilla, the two Spanish cities located in Africa, bordering Morocco, and about two thousand succeeded, twice the amount that did it in 2013.

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