Spain, EU Paying Morocco to Curb Migrant Boats
Migrant arrivals to Spain’s shores have dropped by nearly half in 2019 following the signing of new agreements with Morocco, according to reports.
Bilateral deals struck in February have led to a 45 percent decline in migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Spain, with the North African nation receiving tens of millions of euros from Madrid and another 140 million euros from Brussels to mitigate the issue.
However, the precipitous decline only tells part of the story, as over 15,600 migrants have still arrived in Spain by boat so far this year, The Local reports.
“When Morocco wants more money, it opens the tap