Rabat - A sub-Saharan migrant lost his life as he endeavored to reach Spanish territory on Tuesday.
Rabat – A sub-Saharan migrant lost his life as he endeavored to reach Spanish territory on Tuesday.
He was found in a sewer along with three other migrants. Authorities rushed him to a hospital in nearby city Nador, where he eventually died. MAP commented that the other three migrants were treated and released from the hospital.
The current refugee crisis, sparked by instability across the Arab World and especially in Syria, has created an influx of refugees to Europe at levels unseen since the Second World War. Migrants from sub-Saharan Africa also pour into Europe, fleeing conflict, poverty, and disease.
Their route often leads through Morocco. Instead of attempting the dangerous route across the Mediterranean, some migrants try to reach Spanish holdings on the African continent. Ceuta and Melilla are two such holdings on the Mediterranean which are considered European Union territory.
Traversing the sewer demonstrates how desperate these migrants are to reach Europe. Other attempts have included migrants smuggling themselves across with vehicles or goods, or directly scaling the walls. Deaths are not uncommon during the dangerous journey to the European Union.
The Moroccan government has declined to comment on this event.