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Filmmaker stunned as migrants dropped in Spanish enclave on jet ski

Filmmaker stunned as migrants dropped in Spanish enclave on jet ski

Greece has had 11,713 people.

Migrants don't usually disembark on Spanish beaches but it has happened before, especially near the cities Melilla and Ceuta, which border Morocco.

That is more than triple the number recorded at the same time a year ago, according to Joel Millman, a senior IOM spokesman, and already more than the total arrivals in 2016.

About 30 migrants from Africa arrived in a boat on a southern Spanish beach two days ago and scattered among startled sunbathers.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) - incorporated into the United Nations system in late 2016 - says the number of migrants arriving in Spain is three times higher than it was this time previous year. The pace has quickened so rapidly in recent months that some experts think the country could overtake Greece in the number of newcomers arriving by boat this year.

The main countries [from where the migrants arriving to Spain come] are Morocco, because obviously it's closer, but also they come from Sub-Saharan countries like Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea or Algeria, Gambia, but there are also people coming from Syria.

"It's possible that Spain will outperform Greece this year", Millman said.

Some of the migrants who stormed the border are seen in the video below celebrating their success in making it to European Union soil. Despite Spain's increase, migration across Europe is down overall when juxtaposed with last year's numbers.

According to the UNHCR representative, Spain has to get ready to protect the needs of those newly arriving, identify people in need of protection and those with special needs, like minors or potential victims of trafficking.

Despite seeing an increase in arrivals, Spain is still far behind Italy, which has received 96,861 until 9 August, according to the IOM. It seems like it is safer to go through Morocco to Spain than through Libya.

Inigo Vila, in charge of emergencies for the Red Cross in Spain, said the organisation had reinforced the number of people working on the coast in southern Andalusia and in Ceuta to help migrants when they make landfall.