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Sea swallows the stories of Africans drowned at Ceuta

 IPS 17 March 2019

Immigrants’ rights groups are calling for an investigation into the deaths of 16 migrants who drowned off the coast of Spain in February while attempting to swim from Morocco to a shore near the Spanish city of Ceuta. As they approached the coastline, Spanish police opened fire with rubber bullets and teargas. Every year thousands of Africans, mostly from the sub-Saharan region, try to escape dire poverty and access Europe. In 2013, a total of about 100,000 immigrants were intercepted trying to cross maritime and land borders into the 28 member countries of the EU. (1171 Words) - By Inés Benítez

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Demonstrators with torches and placards reading “No more deaths on the borders” in Malaga on Feb. 12, to call for an investigation into the deaths of 16 immigrants six days earlier in Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in northern Africa.  Photo: Inés Benítez/IPS

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