African Migrants Stream to Spanish Enclaves

David Roman, Wall Street Journal, April 3, 2014

On a recent morning, about 150 men, most hailing from West Africa, hiked down a Moroccan hillside, scaled a set of 20-foot-high fences and jumped onto the soil of Melilla, a small swath of Spanish territory on Africa’s Mediterranean coast.

Raymond Persie twisted his ankle when he hit the ground and ended up in the custody of Spanish police. Yet those stumbles didn’t cripple his dream of working in Europe and sending money home to his father and younger brother.

That is because under EU law, member states are barred from using force to keep out migrants and must allow those who gain entry to apply for political asylum. On Thursday, leaders from the European Union and Africa moved to make the process more orderly with a three-year plan aimed at facilitating legal migration from Africa while stepping up border enforcement and the fight against human trafficking.

Few migrants actually win asylum in Spain, but even those who fail are allowed to remain in the country, since few African countries have extradition treaties with Madrid.


Several thousand people fleeing war and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, and a smaller number from North Africa, have made the risky trek north, dodged Moroccan police, and stormed the barriers at Melilla and Ceuta this year. In March, authorities reported at least two attempts by groups of more than 1,000 to vault the fences at once.

On Thursday, about 150 migrants rushed the fences at Melilla, but Spanish and Moroccan police drove most of them back, leaving about 30 clinging to the top for several hours before they were forced down onto Moroccan soil, the Spanish news agency EFE reported. Some of the fence clingers had bloody bare feet and shouted “Freedom!” and “Spain!” The last two came down after a 10-hour standoff in a chill wind.

The tiny Spanish territories on Morocco’s Mediterranean coast are now among the most besieged gateways to a Europe that is struggling with a surge of illegal immigration.

About 4,200 migrants reached the enclaves illegally last year, up 49% from the previous 12 months, according to estimates by the Spanish government and Frontex, the EU border agency. EU countries counted a total of 77,140 illegal crossings last year through September, the agency said—a 30% jump over the period of 2012.

More migrants are trying to enter the enclaves because of the drop in the number of attempted illegal landings by boatloads of migrants in Spain and Italy, Spanish officials say. The decline occurred after those countries stepped up sea patrols in the Mediterranean when nearly 400 migrants drowned in shipwrecks off the Italian island of Lampedusa in October.

Spanish officials, police and social workers in Melilla say migrant smugglers have rerouted their vessels to the two Spanish enclaves, which have Europe’s only land borders with Africa. Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz said during a visit to Ceuta in February that 80,000 migrants were waiting in Morocco or along its border with Mauritania for a chance to reach the enclaves.


With financial aid from Spain, Moroccan authorities are trying to hold back the fence-rushing migrants. On the other side, the Guardia Civil, Spain’s paramilitary police force, has stepped up round-the-clock police patrols and electronic surveillance.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday said illegal immigration was “unacceptable” and vowed to maintain a “very vigorous” fight against it. “We have the EU’s only land border with the African continent, so we will keep working on it,” he said in Brussels.


The nine-year-old barriers that demarcate the borders between Morocco and each of the two enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla are themselves daunting—three parallel fences, two of them 20 feet tall, standing about three feet apart. There are plans to reinforce the barriers with additional barbed wire and other modifications, said Mr. Fernández Díaz, the Spanish interior minister.


After hurdling the fences, they are questioned by police and sent to an overcrowded but clean shelter that now houses about 1,800 migrants. The publicly-funded shelter offers medical care, three meals a day, a basketball court, and lessons in Spanish and the use of computers. Migrants may come and go as they please.

Most leave for mainland Spain within a year or two of arriving in Melilla, sponsored by friends or relatives who live there or nongovernmental organizations that enroll them in job-training programs.


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  • Luca

    Note to illegal immigrants: Stay in your own countries, try to change them and make them a better place to live. Have a revolution if you must. Otherwise you are nothing more than beggars and parasites looking for a free handout and you know it.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Africans don’t mind being beggars and parasites; many of them prefer it to working.

      Note how the traitorous EU protects these invaders from being deported. The West is doomed as long as the EU(SSR) exists.

      • Katherine McChesney

        They EU is the new Babylon. It is downright Satanic.

        • Strider73

          Veneto has already expressed its desire to secede from Italy. Catalonia will likely vote to secede from Spain. If these crack-ups succeed and others follow, the EU will quickly collapse.

          • BonV.Vant

            Germany will most likely be the last hold out, and that will mean it will be holding all the debt, as well as all of the non european immigrants that will be kicked out of the other countries. I think that some tracks heading east may be repaired at some future time.

    • Erasmus

      Leaders of a country, who are really leaders and not just cheap, two-bit politicians, will have to put armed guards on their borders with orders to shoot to kill. I wish it weren’t so, but this is what it’s coming to.

  • rasher223

    This is why the EU must split. The leftist control it and put a strangle hold on Spain’s ability to enforce its borders.

    If they do not stop African migration then Europe will look like south america: Mulatto, poor and smells like poop.

    • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

      At least most of South America is Mestizo instead of Mulatto. The Negroid is the bottom of the barrel as far as humans are concerned. At least Mestizos have maintained a culture that resembles the culture brought to them by Europeans, even though it is surely a dumbed down, second rate version of the true Spanish/Portuguese culture. Mulattoes only maintain a Negroid style cesspool not even worthy of being described as culture. Mestizoes are definitely the lesser of the two non-White evils in such a comparison.

      • rasher223

        I agree, but at the end of the day a mud is still a mud.

  • mobilebay

    It seems as if people from every third world nation are leaving home to break into developed countries. I think every country being invaded should immediately stop all funding to the invading countries. Don’t know if that would stop this insanity, but it would save some money. Just think of what the US could gain if we stopped financially supporting Mexico alone.

  • Let me repeat my harsh solution to this problem that I wrote the last time this story popped up here. The Spanish ought to hire undercover mercenaries to patrol the trails that the invaders use to gain entry. Invaders should be stopped by this secret, but small army of highly effective mercenaries and be turned back with a warning that they will be executed if stopped again.
    This is not Mission Impossible. My solution would be cheap and cost effective. All it would take would be the will to do it.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      The non-whites will just try again if they can get away with it. The smugglers might even devise some more ingenious method of human trafficking or supply the migrants with small arms. Better to shoot them on spot – no second chances – fabricate a reason for doing so, and then ship the foreigner home in a body bag. That would send a much louder and stronger message to the blacks and Muslims, a message more suitable for their incredibly thick skulls and low IQs.

      • BonV.Vant

        Why not see this as an opportunity? They obviously have to be “held” in the enclaves for a period of time before transport to Spain. Why not have holding areas that have radioactive materials buried underneath them so that holding the “migrants” there for a period of time will prove deadly. Think of it as a “roach motel”. Robots can clear out the areas for the next group to come in.One could even create computer animations of several of the “migrants” from each group and have them “call back home” periodically telling everyone how great it is. let them stream in. It will be a way of permanently taking care of the problem!

    • Strider73

      I vote for land mines between the fences and within 200 meters of the last fence on the Spanish side. When enough of the invaders are blown to bits, the others will get the message. Just hearing the occasional “boom” — and knowing what it means — will strike fear into them.

      Oh, and for the “lucky” invaders able to evade the mines, erect guard towers at the 200-meter line and make that strip a free-fire zone. Anyone in the zone without authorization may be shot on sight.

    • BonV.Vant

      when one does not have the will, than getting out of bed is “mission impossible”. The liberal west has had it’s will sucked out of it. Things are slowly turning around though as the elections in France recently have shown.

    • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

      Spain needs to have a zero tolerance policy. No Negroes should be allowed to cross that fence. Those who do should be shot on sight. If that was the policy, they would have to return to their Sub-Saharan rat holes, provided they are not dropped off to perish in the desert or killed by Moroccans who refuse to allow themselves to be dispossessed by these Negroids.

  • wildfirexx

    Boy, where’s Franco when you need him…I’m sure he’s probably turning over and over in his grave!

  • IstvanIN

    Why does Spain maintain these enclaves? Are they that economically important? What few White Christian Spaniards that remain should be repatriated to Spain, all the blacks and Muslims in Spain should be removed to the enclaves and then have the King and PM sign the independence papers. Make everyone happy. Of course that would mean defending the kingdom’s borders rigorously from then on out.

    • BonV.Vant

      I agree, they should abandon those enclaves and let the abundant harvest of rockfish begin.

    • MBlanc46

      Because it’s the last little bit of empire that they have and they’re determined to keep it.

      • IstvanIN

        I am of the opinion that lost causes are just that. Better to accept defeat, regroup and live to fight another day than die for nothing.

      • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

        Spain should defend this territory against these invaders. They should either shoot these Negroid interlopers, or hand them over to the Moroccan authorities, who have not been shamed into thinking that they must settle for their own dispossession.

    • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

      Why should Spain give up these enclaves? They need to employ a zero tolerance policy regarding these Negroids who want to break into Europe. These Negroids should not even be in Morocco, where the natives are Caucasian Arabs/Berbers, let alone attempting to break into Europe. These Negroids are invaders the minute they travel North of the Sahara. The Moroccans have the right idea when they drop them off in a remote portion of the Sahara. If the Spanish do not want to shoot these Negroids invaders, they should, at the very least, hand them over to the Moroccans for punishment and deportation back to Sub-Saharan lands.

  • Africans are now bringing Ebola with them.

    • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

      Negroids=AIDS and Venereal Disease. If both Spain and Morocco sent every Negroid testing positive for either HIV or a Venereal Disease back to Sub-Saharan Africa, few Negroids would remain.

  • DiversityIsDeath

    Why don’t the Spanish troops just shoot these enemy invaders as they cross the border?

  • BonV.Vant

    ” under EU law, member states are barred from using force to keep out migrants and must allow those who gain entry to apply for political asylum. “…well, liberalism at work once again!!!! Change that law and the flow would stop!

  • MBlanc46

    So, basically, they’re just going to open their borders to Africans. It’s cultural suicide.

    • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

      Cultural and racial suicide indeed.

  • MBlanc46

    They don’t care. They’re all planning to head for Germany and Britain.

  • IstvanIN

    Poisoning the environment for hundreds or thousands of years may not be the way to go.

    • BonV.Vant

      it is not poisoning the environment. IT is burying containers of radioactive materials. The radiation travels outside those containers, the contents do not. The radiation does not turn other materials radioactive. All one needs to do when one is finished is remove the canisters of radioactive material.If the containers are not compromised, nothing is poisoned.

      • IstvanIN

        You didn’t specify that the radioactive waste was containerized. None the less simply shooting the invaders would be simpler.

        • BonV.Vant

          Would it really though? A border that kills all by itself, invisibly, would be more effective. Make the area wide or deep enough and there is no way that anyone can make it through and live for very long, no need to man it or maintain it except to take care of any vehicles that may try to make the trip. Save the bullets for any fast moving vehicles. Let them storm it on foot. I think it is better that they would actually make it through, but receive a fatal dose of radiation. It would mean more would be likely to try the same thing.

  • benvad

    Dismantle this EU nonsense, europeans should return to their old ways. At least they had their own interests at heart.

  • …..”That is because under EU law, member states are barred from using force
    to keep out migrants and must allow those who gain entry to apply for
    political asylum. On Thursday, leaders from the European Union and
    Africa moved to make the process more orderly with a three-year plan
    aimed at facilitating legal migration from Africa…….”

    This is a prime example of the madness going on. You can add to that things the opening of job centers aimed at bringing them in to the EU, the ‘capture and release’ churn by Frontex at Lampedusa, British courts giving them asylum for being atheists or gender-benders or whatever ‘in fear of the lives’ if they were deported……

    It is beyond out of control. The damage what has been done in the last 15 years alone has yet to reach full fruition – and they are still coming, aided and abetted with liberals and the mechanisms they have constructed. Mechanisms which no small party, no individual, no pressure group, can remotely ‘touch’ and achieve change.

    Those of us who do care seem powerless to stop it – there are no levers for us to pull that fall within feasible fruition. This not only applies to the ordinary Spanish and Italians, but to the British, whose individual people cannot have a hope of sorting the problems out in their own country nevermind us achieving action in those other nations.

    Something has to be devised soon. Some sort of collectivised effort to say Enough Is Enough! I hope that we manage to leave the EU, but that does not help the Spanish or Italians and mainland Europe. Nor does it help parts of the Netherlands, whose governments are actively encouraging them to come and actively giving asylum!

  • “The publicly-funded shelter offers medical care, three meals a day, a basketball court, and lessons in Spanish and the use of computers. Migrants may come and go as they please.” (Piano bar closed on Mondays.)

    • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

      Spain should hand them over to the Moroccan authorities, who will probably drop them off in the Northern reaches of the Sahara to find their own way back to their homelands. This is exactly the fate that these Negroid interlopers deserve.

      • Yes, and as someone here has posted, at least the US is an ocean away from Africa, which has not stopped our open-borders overlords from importing many thousand of them. Hence Somali Minneapolis.

  • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

    Spain should send every last Negroid back with an admonition that a continued flow of Negroids will be met with deadly force. Deadly force is what Negroid understand and respect. The Negroids will be met with such force in Arabic Morocco, and this will only encourage them to continue to those Spanish enclaves.

  • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

    Breaking into our homelands is exactly what they are doing, and they should be met with deadly force as if they have crossed the threshold to a private residence when they attempt to enter these Spanish enclaves. These Negroid invaders should be taught to fear Spaniards even more than they fear the Moroccan Arabs. Unfortunately, the EU insists on Spain refraining from defending their homeland from dispossession. We can be sure that the Arabic/Berber natives of Morocco will use deadly force to expel Negroids from their homeland, and that they will meet attempts at dispossession by Negroids with deadly force, and possibly declare Jihad on these Negroid invaders. Spain needs to tell the EU to get lost, that they will meet Negroid invaders with total deadly force that will make anything the Negroids encounter from Moroccans seem like a playground rumble.