According to a statement by Fernando Grande-Marlaska, Spain‘s interior minister, the number of African migrants has decreased by over 60%.
Last Friday, when the minister paid a visit to the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) in Warsaw, Poland, he urged the organization’s director, Hans Leijtens, to keep working with the Spanish government and its allies in Africa to deport unauthorized immigrants.
Mr. Grande-Marlaska bragged that their cooperation had so far produced significant results, stating that Spain had a major decline in illegal immigration of 56.9%, as opposed to the 25.6% seen in 2022.
The interior minister was reported as saying, “Spain’s experience demonstrates that the best approach to cope with this situation is to engage with our partners to prevent irregular flows in the countries of origin and transit, based on cooperation, based on mutual confidence, and sustained over time.
In addition to Ceuta, the Canary Islands, and the Balearic Islands—all of which are locations of seaborne admission into the EU—he said that the majority of the reductions were observed along the beaches of the peninsula.
In light of the difficulties we face, Mr. Grande-Marlaska added, “States of first entrance must get political and practical support.” External borders are not just national but also European.