Crack-down on illegal immigration in Spain

SINCE October last year, 19 people have been arrested at ports and airports in Spain for illegal entry.

A Clandestine Immigration Response Brigade (BRIC) was created by the National Police to control the entrance of illegal immigrants or people wanted by the authorities.

They have checked 825 boats in Almeria, Murcia, Huelva, Granada, Malaga, Cadiz and Alicante and will continue to do so in the coming months.

The National Police aims to crack-down on illegal immigration and the white slave trade over the next three years with random checks.

In the past five years almost 100 stowaways have been caught arriving in Spain, mostly via Barcelona, of which 50 were under 18 and ended up in centres for minors in Spain.

Most of the adults, meanwhile, were deported. Six arrived via MalagaPort and seven via Algeciras.

Just last week, a man was found hidden in a car checked by the Guardia Civil when attempting to pass the border between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla in North Africa.

The 20-year-old, from Guinea, was almost unable to breath in the 30-centimetre compartment which had been made underneath the handbrake and gear stick. The driver of the vehicle was a 23-year-old Moroccan who is now on remand and could face up to eight years in prison.

Immigration networks charge their victims up to €3,000 each to bring them into Melilla. Whether they get there alive is a different matter. 

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