Police arrested one of the suspects four times for the same reason.
Rabat – Police in Ceuta have arrested four Moroccans who were hiding inside of a truck heading to continental Spain by ferry.
According to Ceuta Actualidad, Ceuta arrested and the migrants and returned them on Friday, March 8, to their country.
The news outlet reported that one of the undocumented migrants had been arrested four times for alleged undocumented migration attempts.
It is not the first time authorities have found migrants hiding inside trucks to cross from Spanish enclaves to enter continental Spain.
In January, Melilla found two sub-Saharan migrants in two mattresses on top of a vehicle crossing from Morocco into Melilla.
In February, a 15-year old Moroccan was crushed to death by a truck in Ceuta while trying to hide inside it to migrate to Europe. The undocumented migrant was from Morocco’s northern city Martil but had been in Ceuta for two months.
Official data from Spanish authorities record that 3,344 unaccompanied minors from the MENA region arrived in Ceuta in 2018.
Among the minors, 3,302 were boys and 42 were girls, many of whom came from the neighboring cities of Tetouan and Tangier in northern Morocco.
Faced with the pressure of increasing migration attempts, Spain announced its intention to increase the height of the double border fences between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.
Spanish Minister of the Interior Fernando Grande Marlaska said that the “height of the fence will be increased by 30 percent, reaching ten meters, where most of the entries occured.”
Spain has also been working with Morocco on irregular migration.