Morocco building wall to halt (part of) tide of illegal immigration into Europe

African migrants attempt to scale the fence at the border between Morocco and the North African Spanish enclave of Melilla

Morocco is to install a five-yard high wall topped with razor wire along the border of Spain’s north African enclave Melilla in a an effort to stop the wave of immigrants crossing into Europe.

Human rights organizations have denounced plans by the North African country, claiming work has already begun on the new barriers without any public consultation.

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“Construction work for a barrier started three weeks ago,” claimed Chekib el-Khayari, the head of the Rig Association for Human Rights.

Reports suggest the wall will be five yards in height and topped with blades to discourage ascent by would-be migrants attempting to cross into the Spanish territory. There are also plans to include a trench containing razor wire at the foot of the wall.

“The government of Morocco has not informed parliament or public institutions of their plans to avoid public outrage,” said Mr el-Khayari adding that such security measures could only be described as “criminal, illegal and inhuman”.

Digging on the foundations has begun alongside the Rostrogordo area at the northern border with Melilla, a zone that in recent months has seen a series of mass assaults by would be migrants attempting to reach Spain.

Moroccan officials have not confirmed or denied the border protection measure.

Last month Spain’s government agreed to spend a further 2.1 million euros to boost security at the borders of Ceuta and Melilla after the surge of illegal crossings.

Spain has already installed a triple layer fence topped with razor wire at the borders but each week scores of wounded migrants arrive at immigration centres in the cities after scaling the fences.

On February 6, at least 15 migrants died in the water as they tried to swim round Ceuta’s border fence. Spain faced criticism from the EU when it emerged that Spanish civil guards had fired rubber bullets into the sea near the migrants.

In March, Jorge Fernandez Diaz, Spain’s interior minister, warned that an estimated 40,000 migrants were camped out in the forests near the borders waiting to cross into the Spanish territories.

Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister, has urged the European Union to provide more money and resources to help manage the border.

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