EU Border Chief Warns More Migrants Will Reach Europe Via Spain

A group of immigrants wave as they arrive on a Spanish coast guard vessel into the southern Spanish port of Malaga on August 31, 2016 after an inflatable boat carrying 52 Africans, nine of them women, was rescued by the Spanish coast guard off the Spanish coast. / AFP / …
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BRUSSELS (AP) – The head of the European Union’s border agency says the number of migrants trying to reach Europe through the Mediterranean will remain high this year, with more expected to arrive through Spain.

Fabrice Leggeri told reporters Tuesday that “the irregular migration pressure on the southern borders in the Mediterranean will remain at a very high level.”

He said that “especially the western Mediterranean route is under scrutiny.” About 21,000 unauthorised migrants – mostly from Morocco, Algeria and Guinea – entered Spain in 2017.

Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri speaks during a media conference in Brussels on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. The European Union's border guard chief, Fabrice Leggeri, on Tuesday unveiled the agency's migration risk assessment for 2018. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri speaks during a media conference in Brussels on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. The European Union’s border guard chief, Fabrice Leggeri, on Tuesday unveiled the agency’s migration risk assessment for 2018. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

He expressed concern that EU countries are sending fewer unauthorised migrants home.

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