Madrid, January 25, 2013 (MAP)Spanish Interior Minister, Jorge Fernandez Diaz, commended on Thursday Morocco's "collaboration" in the fight against illegal immigration.
The Spanish official who presented in Madrid the 2012 report on the fight against illegal immigration, commended the cooperation of his country on the matter with some countries in North Africa, including Morocco, which helped cut by 30 pc the arrivals of illegal immigrants on Spanish coasts during the last year compared with 2011.
At a press conference, the Spanish Minister also hailed cooperation with other African countries, including Senegal and Mauritania, noting that 2012 was one of the years with the lowest number of arrivals of illegal immigrants in Spain during the last decade.
Since 2006, the number of illegal migrants arriving on Spanish coasts has declined by 90.3 pc, the Spanish Interior Ministry noted in a statement.
By geographical area, the Canary Islands witnessed the largest decline in arrivals of irregular migrants in 2012 compared to 2011, said the same source.