The European Commission in Spain expressed its deep concern about the increasing numbers of Algerian illegal immigrants who are arriving on the Kingdom’s coasts, since the beginning of this year, in a way that made them on top of the list of illegal immigrants who reach the Spanish coasts, despite the Covid19 pandemic, saying this crisis is exploited by the cells of trafficking in human beings to gain more money.
The Spanish newspaper “El Pais” reported that Madrid received notes from the European Commission regarding the unusual numbers of Algerian illegal immigrants, who entered the country illegally since the beginning of this year, despite the repercussions of the Covid19 pandemic, which appears to have not curbed their numbers, and this comes after statistics that were provided by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex).
According to the same source, the numbers of Algerians arriving in Spain illegally, most of them by small boats across the Mediterranean, made them on top of the list of illegal immigrants who reach the Spanish coasts since the beginning of this year, and these figures completely reflect the reality of the past years, as other illegal immigrants were from Morocco and sub-Saharan Africa, and they were always In the forefront of the nationals who arrived illegally on the Spanish coast.
“The concern of the European Commission is due to the possibility of the spread of COVID-19 among the illegal immigrants, on the one hand, but in particular, the emergence of smuggling cells, which are operating between Algeria and Spain, and this is the real danger”, the newspaper said.
Since the beginning of this year, Spanish courts have issued varying rulings against Algerians, who were arrested on charges of trafficking in illegal immigrants to Spain, in exchange for sums of money within organized criminal cells, where the punishment of some of them reached 14 years.