EU urges Spain to allow migrants to present asylum requests without scaling fence

Brussels (AFP) – The EU urged Spain on Thursday to allow migrants trying to enter its north African enclaves to present their asylum requests without having to scale border fences.

The appeal from the European Commission, the executive of the 28-nation EU, implicitly urged the Spanish police not to immediately deport the migrants who arrive at the enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla.

Commission spokeswoman Nathalie Bertaud told reporters EU commissioner for migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, would visit Spain Monday and Tuesday “to take stock of the situation on the ground” in light of a new law authorising such deportations.

“The recent establishment of offices at the border for requests for international protection in Ceuta and Melilla is seen by the Commission as a positive development,” she said.

“However, it is necessary to ensure that the border crossing point is accessible in practice to allow asylum seekers to present their application, without having to scale the border fences,” Bertaud added…

Right. There aren’t enough arriving by sea already!