• More than 15,000 undocumented migrants & refugees double 2014 arrivals
• 7,000 Syrians applied for asylum in Spanish enclave of Melilla during 2015
More than 15,000 refugees and migrants managed to enter Spain illegally during 2015, most of whom were Syrians arriving to Spain’s North-African enclave of Melilla after having fled the war in their country, according to a survey of immigration statistics by the news agency Europa Press.
The total number of refugees and migrants entering Spain without documentation this year is nearly double the number during 2014, the agency reported.
More than 8,900 people registered during 2015 at the Spanish government’s CETI office (Centre for Temporary Stay of Immigrants) in Melilla during 2015, up from 5,450 registered there in 2014. Of those 8,900, nearly 3,000 were children and more than 7,000 were of Syrian origin, with 100 from Palestine, 370 from the Republic of Guinea and the rest from other North African and Sub-Saharan countries.
An additional 2,000 undocumented migrants and refugees registered at the CETI in the North-African enclave of Ceuta, more than half of whom were from the Republic of Guinea, the rest including some 400 Algerians and more than 100 people from Cameroon.
At the same time, more than 3,149 migrants and refugees have arrived to the coasts of Andalusia by boat and inflatable raft, while the Canary Islands have received 844 boat people and the region of Murcia an additional 300 migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean by boat and raft to reach Spanish shores