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African Migrants Take New Risks for Better Life in Europe

African Migrants Take New Risks for Better Life in Europe

While the figure pales in comparison with Italy - where more than 96,400 migrants have landed so far this year - Spain is catching up with Greece where 11,713 alighted from boats in the same timeframe.

IOM spokesman Joel Millman said he believes that migrants taking the long route towards Italy via the Sahara and Libya - many of whom are from West Africa - are now choosing to take the "safer" coastal route through Morocco.

The number entering Spain via the enclaves more than doubled in the first six months of the year from the same period in 2016 to 3,200 people, Spain's Interior Ministry said.

A Spanish guard can be seen breaking his lower leg while attempting to kick one of the charging migrants.

The numbers have dropped significantly since then, in a large part due to a deal the European Union struck with Turkey to keep migrants there.

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

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At least 121 refugees lost their lives while trying to reach Spain by sea this year, compared to 97 last year, the IOM said. The pace has quickened so rapidly in recent months that some experts think the country could overtake Greece in the number of newcomers arriving by boat this year.

"It's possible that Spain will outperform Greece this year", Millman told AFP.

The video comes the same day smugglers forced more than 120 Somali and Ethiopian migrants into rough seas off Yemen, leaving 29 dead and 22 missing.

"Migrants have said: 'Once you decide to take the risk, it is the route (Morocco-Spain) with the least risk, '" Villa said.

"People are talking about going to Spain".

The main countries [from where the migrants arriving to Spain come] are Morocco, because obviously it's closer, but also they come from Sub-Saharan countries like Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea or Algeria, Gambia, but there are also people coming from Syria.

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