Migrants' tragedy expands throughout Europe

As beating of migrants dropped as legal case in Spain, migrant crisis all across Europe continues to increase

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Migrants in European countries continue to live in poor conditions and have to face poor treatment from both local residents and security officers. While migrants in Spain and Greece are exposed to police violence, they do not stop trying to reach those countries as well as Italy and Hungary in order to live and work in better conditions.


A Spanish court due to lack of evidence dropped the case against eight Spanish police accused of using violence on migrants during their attempt to cross the border in Spanish north African territory of Melilla in October 2014.

The rights group Prodein handed out the video footage showing eight police officers forcefully pulling down migrants from border fences between Melilla and Morocco.

African migrants often seek to enter mainland Spain through Morocco via the Ceuta and Melilla enclaves. Many of the migrants are caught by the police trying the climb over the fence, while many drown trying to enter the enclaves via the sea.

The Spanish government has called on the European Union for help to reduce the number of immigrants coming through Melilla and Ceuta.

Overall, around 14,000 migrants have tried to cross the border, with 2,000 of them making it into Melilla.

To date, approximately 6,500 migrants died trying to cross the border.

Apart from the enclaves, migrants have not lived in good conditions in Spain. Migrants and police got into a violent conflict in Catalan municipality Salou over the death of a 50-year-old migrant from Senegal during police raids.

Although the raids were conducted to bust a group who publish illegal DVDs, it ended with the death of the Senegalese migrant who jumped off the balcony of the apartment police raided.

After the incident took place, around 100 migrants gathered in Salou and a clash started between them and the police officers.

Some politicians criticised the government for turning their heads from the migrant issue and for not looking for a solution to ways of living with migrants.


The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) announced on Wednesday that they could not find 60 migrants after they rescued 54 migrants from a sinking dinghy.

The migrants were rescued with navy vessels and a patrol helicopter later on Tuesday, the migrants who were rescued reported that more than 117 people were missing in the sea.

IOM reported that while more than 101,700 migrants reached Italy since the beginning of 2015, 2,040 others died in the sea during their attempts.

The IOM numbers also showed that 93,542 migrants arrived in Italy in July.


In order to find better conditions to live and work in EU countries, more than 100 migrants started to walk through the Hungarian-Serbian border, after reaching Serbia.

The migrants walked together as a group in order to find release from harrassment of Serbian mafia.

Hungary has become a main route for migrants and asylum seekers escaping from wars and poverty who want to enter Austria and Germany.

Since Hungary is an EU member and a Schengen zone country, allowing passport-free travel to other EU countries, migrants want to reach Hungary in order to travel elsewhere easily.

Hungary announced that more than 81,000 migrants have registered and 80,000 of them came from Serbia so far in 2015.

In order to deal with increasing migrant flow, Hungary started the construction of the fence along the Serbian border, the government is preparing to close refugee camps in populated areas and re-define illegal border crossings as a crime, not a minor offence.

Even after gaining asylum rights to stay in EU countries, migrants have not been welcomed in Hungarian community, as the Prime Minister Victor Orban said in one of his speeches in July “Europe should remain for Europeans.”


Greek government decided to increase the number of security forces on the Greek island of Kos after refugees encountered with police on Tuesday during a registration process in a soccer stadium.   

Ministry of State decided to locate migrants into 2,500-people capacity ship, after the United Nations warned the Greek government to prevent a “total chaos” in Kos island.

Migrants were beaten by sticks and sprayed with fire extinguishers to keep them away from the roads and beaches and holding them in the Kos town’s football stadium.

The mayor of the Island, Giorgos Kiritsis told the Greek news agency ANA that there was a "risk of bloodshed if the situation degenerates further" as 7,000 migrants have arrived at an island that has only 30,000 residents.

The country is struggling to deal with the rising humanitarian crisis as this year score of migrants have arrived the country’s shore. Between January and the end of July, about 124,000 new migrant arrived the Lesbos, Chios, Kos, Samos and Leros islands of the country, according to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).  


TRTWorld and agencies