The Spanish Enclave and The Backdoor to Europe

“Melilla: the Spanish enclave that has become the back-door to Europe,” from Euronews:

These pictures were filmed on November 20th this year by Spanish police surveillance cameras.

They feature a chain of nearly a thousand migrants snaking, groping its way through the darkness heading, the migrants hope, for Europe.

These young men from sub-Saharan Africa are hiding out. Having all ready tried but failed to get over a border fence separating the Spanish enclave of Melilla from Morocco, they are waiting for another chance.

Without permission we interviewed them.

“There are plain-clothed police everywhere,” one of them warns.

They are edgy…but determined. They have crossed the Sahara from Mali, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger.

And they are not going to be put off by a few scars they bear from failed attempts to scale Melilla’s perimeter fence.

Some have been waiting in the hills here, surviving on local charity, for years…

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