African Culture-Enrichers Break Through the Border Fence at Ceuta

Ceuta is one of two Spanish enclaves (the other being Melilla) on the coast of North Africa, bordering on Morocco. Migrants from further south in Africa are particularly drawn to these enclaves, since they offer a land border with the EU, and obviate the dangerous sea journey across the Mediterranean. A culture-enricher who successfully breaches the border at Ceuta or Melilla gains access to the Schengen Zone, and can thereby hope to make his way to the Promised Land in Germany or Sweden.

A large group of Africans managed to get through the border fence in Ceuta yesterday. Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this news report, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

00:05   On Friday more than 150 African immigrants succeeded in entering into the Spanish enclave of Ceuta
00:09   in the north of Morocco. Taking advantage of the fog in the zone,
00:13   they crossed the fence, which is equipped with thick barbed wire.
00:18   According to a spokesman for government authorities,
00:21   two officers of the Guardia Civil who tried to intercept them were lightly injured,
00:26   while numerous immigrants were treated for cuts suffered in the crossing.
00:30   Constantly criticized by non governmental organizations for its treatment of the immigrants,
00:34   the socialist Spanish government promised to take down the thick barbed wire of the border fences,
00:38   Which nevertheless will be made higher.
00:43   It is the first time in a year that such a large group of immigrants
00:47   has succeeded in jumping the fence that separates the city from Morocco.
00:51   Ceuta and Melilla, the other Spanish enclave in the northern part of the African country,
00:55   are the only land borders between the European Union and Africa.
00:59   According to the latest numbers from the Spanish Interior Ministry, more than 3,400
01:04   immigrants succeeded in entering in these two cities by land so far this year,
01:08   Eighteen per cent less than in 2018.
01:12   The decrease of [unintelligible] immigrants to Spain is also noted in the arrivals by sea,
01:16   which have decreased by 42.5% relative to last year.