SPAIN will receive €10 million from the EU to help fight immigration at its African borders.
Madrid has appealed for months to the EU for financial assistance in the two enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, which have Europe’s only two land borders with Africa.
EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said Madrid would ‘immediately’ be provided with the money, during talks with Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz.
The money – to come from the EU’s emergency fund – will be used on ‘some of the 26 projects proposed by Spain to face the situation in Ceuta and Melilla’, according to a statement released by the interior ministry.
The enclaves have seen huge surges of sub-Saharan migrants storming the border in recent months, as Mediterranean countries bear the brunt of massive migration attempts.
More than 500 migrants leapt the 6-metre, triple-layer border fence at Melilla last week, putting almost unbearable pressure on the temporary accommodation centre for migrants in the enclave.
The centre – which was build to house 480 immigrants – now houses more than 2,000 people.